Like all states, Michigan may suspend or revoke your driving privileges for many reasons. If you drive with a suspended or revoked license, you may be charged with a crime. In some cases, you may even be charged with a felony.
Your license may be suspended if you:
It may also be suspended if you accumulate a certain number of points on your driving record. You accumulate points through speeding tickets and other driving offenses. (Mich. Comp. Laws § 257.320a(1).) You may be given a hearing when you accumulate nine points. (Mich. Comp. Laws § 257.320a(6).)
There are many other reasons your driver’s license may be suspended or revoked.
You should not drive while your license is suspended or revoked. After your period of suspension or revocation, you may need to pay a reinstatement fee, other fees, or fulfill other conditions before your license is valid again. The reinstatement fee may be $125 or $85, depending on the circumstances. (Mich. Comp. Laws § 257.320e.)
If you drive with a suspended or revoked license, you may be charged with a crime.
In many cases, you may be charged with a misdemeanor. The maximum sentence depends on whether you have prior convictions for operating with a suspended or revoked license.
For a first violation, your maximum sentence may be:
For a subsequent violation, your maximum sentence may be:
If you are driving with a suspended or revoked license and someone is injured or killed, you may be charged with a felony in certain circumstances. If you cause someone’s death, the sentence may be:
If you cause serious injury to someone, the sentence may be:
In addition, your vehicle may be forfeited or immobilized if you are convicted under these circumstances. (Mich. Comp. Laws § 257.904(6).)
You may also be charged with a misdemeanor or felony if you permit someone to drive a vehicle, knowing that he or she does not have a license. (Mich. Comp. Laws § 257.904.)
A conviction for driving on a suspended or revoked license can have serious consequences. In addition to the prospect of fines and jail time, a conviction can hinder your ability to stay employed, to get to school, to obtain or retain insurance, and to live your life in general. While the law provides specific penalties for a conviction, your actual sentence will depend on many factors, including the attitude prosecutors and judges in your area have of the crime. An attorney who is familiar with these charges in your area will be best able to give you advice about your case.