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3 N.J.A.R. 111

Motor Vehicles, Division of; Leston, Rufino v
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Citation: 3 N.J.A.R. 111
Decision Date: 1981
Synopsis: Ruffno Leston sought to obtain a license as a motor vehicle dealer. The Chief of the Division of Motor Vehicles' Certificate of Ownership Bureau advised Leston that the Division proposed to deny the application for an indefinite period on the grounds that Leston could not be considered a proper person to hold such a license pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:10-19. The administrative law judge found that Leston was arrested in September of 1974 on a charge of conspiracy to distribute narcotics but that Leston had fled the United States shortly after his arrest. After his voluntary return to the United States in 1977, Leston pled guilty to the charge of conspiracy and was sentenced to a five-year prison term to be served concurrently with a three-year term for bail jumping. Leston was released on parole in 1980. Since that time, he has operated a car repair and towing service. Observing that the applicable administrative regulation, N.J.A .C. 13:21- 15.1 et seq. merely requires that an individual be of sufficient good character for licensure, the administrative law judge concluded that Leston did qualify for iicensure as a car dealer. The judge determined that Leston was a person with a history of good moral character marred by a single episode of an aberrational nature. In addition, the judge found that his conviction was not in any way related to the motor vehicle industry nor with commercial practice and that licensure would aid Leston in continuing to lead a lawful way of life. Accordingly, the administrative law judge ordered that upon Leston's completion of parole he be granted a license as a motor vehicle dealer. Ruffno Leston, Pro se Gary Sarlo, Deputy Attorney General for Respondent (James R. Zazzali, Attorney General of New Jersey, Attorney) 112 Office of Administrative Law
Rule(s) Cited: 13:21-15.1 
Statute(s) Cited: 39:10-19