Driving on a Suspended License in Kentucky

Criminal charges for operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked license.

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Your Kentucky driver's license can be revoked or suspended for a variety of reasons. If you drive while your license is suspended or revoked, you risk criminal charges and the possibility of having to pay fines and serve jail time.

Reasons for Suspension or Revocation

Your license may be suspended or revoked for many reasons, including certain driving offenses and civil issues unrelated to driving.

Reasons for Suspension

A license suspension is where you temporarily lost driving privileges. Your license may be suspended if:

  • your driving causes or contributes to an accident that kills or injures someone
  • you are a habitually reckless or negligent driver or you've committed a serious traffic violation
  • you've been convicted of assault and battery committed with a vehicle
  • police gave you a citation or summons and you failed to appear in court
  • you fail to produce proof of vehicle insurance when ordered to by a court, or
  • the state considers you a habitual violator of certain vehicle insurance laws, meaning you have operated a vehicle without insurance three times within a five year period

However, this is just a partial license of the reasons for suspension. Lots of other violations can lead to a suspended license. For example, failing to pay child support can result in license suspension.

Reasons for Revocation

License revocation is where the state basically terminates your license, though, in most instances, it's possible to reinstate driving privileges after a certain period of time. Your license may be revoked for certain criminal convictions, including:

  • vehicular homicide (manslaughter or murder)
  • using a vehicle in the commission of a felony
  • three convictions for reckless driving within 12 months
  • hit-and-run
  • a second or subsequent conviction within five years for not having vehicle insurance, and
  • fraudulent use of a driver's license to purchase alcohol.

Again, this is just a partial list of violations that can lead to revocation.

Reinstating Your License

After your period of suspension or revocation has ended, you generally must pay a fee to reinstate your driving privileges. In most cases, the reinstatement fee is $40. However, depending on the situation, you might have to meet other conditions (like getting caught up with child support payments) before you'll be able to drive again.

Criminal Charges for Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License

If you're caught driving while your privileges are suspended or revoked, you'll generally face criminal charges.

Standard Offenses

In many situations, driving on a suspended or revoked license is a class B misdemeanor. A class B misdemeanor carries a maximum fine of $250 and up to 90 days in jail.

Offense Involving Aggravating Factors

Offenses that involve certain factors carry more serious penalties. For example, if you drive while your license is suspended or revoked for driving under the influence, you can be charged with a class B misdemeanor and have your license revoked for six months. And, if it's your second offense within five years for driving while suspended for a DUI, the current offense will be a class A misdemeanor. Class A misdemeanors carry up to a year in jail and a maximum

Legal Help for Charges of Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License

Driving on a suspended or revoked license is a crime with potentially serious consequences. These consequences can affect your employment and many other aspects of your life. So, if you've been arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license, it's a good idea to get in contact with a knowledgeable attorney who can help.

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