The Department of Motor Vehicles can suspend a driver’s license for a variety of reasons. Many times the reason for suspension is minor; however, the charge of driving on a suspended license is serious. A driver can have his/her license suspended for any of the following reasons, including but not limited to: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- negligent operator, and dui arrest or conviction. Driving on a suspended license is a criminal offense and a conviction can result in a maximum of 6 months in jail, $1000.00 fine, and probation.
If a driver gets stopped by a peace officer while driving on a suspended license, he/she can be charged with a misdemeanor. If the license suspension is due to a DUI conviction, the driver will be facing a mandatory minimum of 10 days in custody in addition to probation and monetary fines. Furthermore, the driver may be required to install an ignition interlock device in his/her vehicle. If the driver has any prior convictions, the penalties may be increased and the driver’s vehicle can be impounded up to 30 days. It is important you contact a knowledgeable DUI attorney promptly to discuss potential defenses and case strategy. There are ways to defend against a driving on suspended charge. The prosecution must prove that you were driving the vehicle, that your license was suspended at the time of driving, and that you had knowledge of the suspension. You need a reputable criminal defense attorney to review defenses, reductions, and alternative sentencing options with you. The Parker Law Center is available to discuss your options with you today!