Driving on a Suspended License in Mississippi

If you are licensed to drive by the state of Mississippi, your license may be suspended or revoked for many convictions, traffic offenses, or other reasons. Driving while your license is suspended or revoked is a criminal offense.

Reasons for Suspension or Revocation

Your license may be suspended or revoked for many reasons. It may be suspended if you:

  • are convicted of for certain controlled substance crimes.
  • are the driver in an accident causing death, injury or serious property damage
  • are habitually reckless or negligent when driving
  • have been convicted frequently enough of serious traffic offenses that the state believes you disrespect traffic laws and disregar the safety of others
  • are incompetent to drive a motor vehicle, or
  • fail to pay fines or fees or fail to respond to a summons or citation for certain traffic violations. (Miss. Code § 63-1-71(1), § 63-1-53(2).)

Your license may be revoked if you are convicted of:

  • manslaughter or negligent homicide, if a vehicle was used, resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle
  • any felony, if a vehicle was used
  • failure to stop after a crash that results in someone’s death or injury
  • three convictions for reckless driving within 12 months, or
  • contempt for failure to pay a fine or failure to respond to a summons or summons for certain charges (Miss. Code § 63-1-151(1).)

Your license may also be suspended if you do not comply with a court order to pay child support. (Miss. Code § 93-11-157, § 93-11-163.)

There are many other reasons your license could be suspended or revoked in Mississippi.

Reinstating Your License

Your license may be suspended or revoked for varying periods of time. You should not drive while your license is suspended or revoked. After your period of suspension or revocation has expired, you may need to pay fees or fulfill conditions before you may legally drive again. You may be charged a $25 reinstatement fee, in addition to any other required fees. (Miss. Code § 63-1-46(1).)

If your license was suspended as a result of Mississippi’s implied consent law (that is, you refused to give a blood, breath, or urine sample when asked by police who suspect you of driving under the influence), or as a result of convictions for certain controlled substances, you may be required to pay an additional $75. (Miss. Code § 63-1-46(3).)

Charges for Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License

If you drive while your license is suspended or revoked, you may be charged with a misdemeanor. The maximum sentence for this crime may involve:

  • between two days and six months in jail, and
  • a fine between $200 and $500. (Miss. Code § 63-1-57.)

Legal Help for Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License

Driving after suspension or revocation is a serious offense with consequences that can significantly affect your life. In addition to fines and the possibility of jail time, you may have difficulty keeping work or continuing school, difficulty obtaining or retaining insurance, and problems carrying on with other areas of your life. Mississippi law specifies penalties for this charge, but your actual sentence will depend on many factors. One factor is the attitude that local judges and prosecutors have toward driving on a suspended or revoked license. An attorney who understand show these charges are viewed in your area will best be able to give you advice about your specific case.

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