Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License in Michigan

Criminal charges for operating a vehicle during a revocation or suspension.

As in all states, drivers in Michigan can face license suspension or revocation for a variety of reasons. And if you get behind the wheel with a suspended or revoked license, you risk criminal charges and serious penalties.

Reasons for Suspension or Revocation

Some of the more common reasons drivers lose their driving privileges include:

Also, drivers who get too many moving violation tickets may face license suspension. Michigan has a traffic violation point system, and drivers who accumulate too many points within a specified period of time will can lose their driving privileges.

Reinstating Your License

Once your period of suspension or revocation is complete, you might still need to pay fees or complete other conditions prior to being allowed to drive again. Reinstatement fees generally are $85 or $125.

Criminal Charges for Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License

Driving on a suspended or revoked license can be a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances.

Misdemeanors

In most cases, driving on a suspended or revoked license is a misdemeanor. For a first misdemeanor conviction, the driver faces up to 93 days in jail, a maximum $500 fine, and cancelation of registration plates. For a subsequent violation, the driver is looking at up to a year in jail, a maximum $1,000 fine, and cancelation of registration plates.

Felonies

If you are driving with a suspended or revoked license and someone is injured or killed, you face the possibility of being charged with a felony. Felony convictions involving a death carry up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $2,500 and $10,000. A felony conviction where someone was seriously injured will result in up to five years in prison and $1,000 and $5,000 in fines. Felony convictions can also lead to vehicle forfeiture or immobilization.

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

A conviction for driving on a suspended or revoked license can have serious consequences. An attorney who is familiar with these charges in your area will be best able to give you advice about your case.

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