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NJ Never suspended my license. It is NYS "sort of" suspended my priveledge to drive in NY it because I did not pay this in my opinion extortion "Driver's assesment fee" They have this law since 2004 as I learned today and regardles which state motorist is licensed in they have to pay it. I was not aware of it at all until today.
but again I have a NJ license which is not suspended and never was
Deniss,Thank you for your follow-up. I can understand why you may feel it to be extortion but please be aware that driving anywhere is not a 'right' but a 'privilege' which the state can limit or take away In other words if a condition of driving includes paying an assessment, it is a legitimate fee that the state can levy, and failure to pay it can suspend your local privileges. The argument that this is extortion would not really work well in the courts, and may anger the judge.The better argument would be that as you pointed out, you had no notice of the charges. That is what you would need to state to the judge as a reason as to why the assessment was not paid, and also state that since you, in 'good faith', immediately covered this short-fall when you were made aware of the charges, there is no further need to suspend your privileges. This is a valid argument and one that the judge is very likely to accept.Good luck.
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