It's often said that driving is a privilege rather than a right. So, it shouldn't come as a surprise that there are many ways to lose your driving privileges. A number of criminal convictions, driving offenses, and other circumstances can cause the loss of your license. And, if you drive while your license is suspended or revoked, you could be charged with a crime.
Some examples of how traffic offenses can lead to your license being suspended or revoked include:
Criminal convictions relating to your driving may also result in a license suspension or revocation. Your license may be suspended or revoked if you are convicted of:
These are just partial lists. Your license may be suspended or revoked for other driving offenses, criminal convictions, and other matters.
You should not drive while your license is suspended or revoked. In some cases, you might be able to receive an early reinstatement or a restricted license if you can show that you need to drive to earn a living. Interlock ignition devices might be required if you receive a restricted license for some alcohol-related suspensions.
Generally, to reinstate your license, you'll have to pay a fee. In many cases, the reinstatement fee will be $60. However, if your license was suspended or revoked for an alcohol-related offense such as DUI, the fee will be $100, $200, or $300, depending on how many prior convictions you have.
Driving on a suspended or revoked license is a crime. If you are charged, your sentence will depend, in part, on the kind of license that you had and whether you have previous convictions for driving on a suspended or revoked license.
If you have a class D or E driver's license, the sentence typically involves a fine of up to $500, a maximum of six months in jail, and civil penalties of up to $1,250.
If you have a class A, B, or C driver's license, you'll normally face a fine of up to $5,000, a maximum of six months in jail, and a civil penalty of up to $2,500.
For any conviction of driving on a suspended or revoked license, your period of suspension or revocation could be extended for up to a year.
If you are charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license, consider discussing your case with an attorney. A conviction brings the possibility of serious consequences. An experienced lawyer in your area can help you decide on the best course of action given the facts of your case.