Driving On A Suspended License
There are a number of reasons for the Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend a driver’s license. While the reason may be a minor infraction, the consequences for driving on a suspended license are serious. Reasons for the suspension of driver’s license include but are not limited to the following: outstanding warrant, no car insurance, failure to pay child support, failure to file an accident report with the DMV, failure to pay a civil judgment related to an automobile accident, vandalism, medical issues, too many points on driving record, and driving under the influence APS suspension or Court conviction.
Being convicted of driving on a suspended license is a criminal offense that can result in a maximum of 6 months in jail, $1000.00 fine, and probation. A driver who gets pulled over while driving on a suspended license could be charged with a misdemeanor. If the license suspension is due to a DUI conviction in Court, then the driver will be facing a mandatory minimum of 10 days in jail, installation of an ignition interlock device, probation, and fines. Penalties may increase and the driver’s vehicle could be impounded if it is found that the driver has prior convictions.
The importance of speaking with a DUI attorney who is well versed in such matters cannot be stressed enough. One of the many defenses to driving on a suspended license is lack of knowledge. The licensee must have knowledge that his/her license was suspended at the time of arrest in order to be convicted of the offense. The prosecution bears the burden of proving that the person charged was operating the vehicle had a suspended license at the time of the traffic stop, and that the person was aware of the suspension. A skilled criminal defense attorney will go over defense strategy, reductions, and alternative sentencing possibilities with you. Call the DUI Professor today to discuss your options!