Driving on a Suspended License in Missouri

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

Mississippi drivers can lose their driving privileges—by revocation or suspension—for a variety of different reasons. And it’s a criminal offense to operate a vehicle while your license is revoked or suspended. Here are some of the more common reasons drivers might face suspension or revocation and the penalties that can result from being convicted of driving without a valid license.

Reasons for Suspension or Revocation

Lots of circumstances can lead to license suspension or revocation. Some of the more common ways drivers lose driving privileges include:

  • being convicted of driving under the influence
  • refusing to submit to alcohol testing in violation of the state’s implied consent laws
  • being convicted of stealing gasoline
  • having an unsatisfied judgment against you (meaning, you lost a lawsuit and didn’t pay), and
  • the state finding you incompetent to operate a vehicle

Missouri, like many states, has a points-based suspension system. If you accumulate eight or more points on your license within 18 months, you’ll face license suspension. If you accumulate 12 points in 12 months, 18 points in 24 months, or 24 points in 36 months, your license will be revoked.

Reinstating Your License

In order to restore your license after your period of suspension or revocation expires, you typically need to pay a reinstatement fee and may have to complete other conditions (such as educational courses). In some instances, the reinstatement fee is $20 or $25.

Charges for Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License

Driving on a suspended or revoked license is a misdemeanor crime. A first offense is a class D misdemeanor and carries up to $500 in fines. A second or third conviction is a class A misdemeanor and carries up to $2,000 in fines and a maximum one year in jail.

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

If you are charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license, consider discussing your case with a lawyer. A qualified attorney can let you know how the law applies in your situation and help you decide on the best course of action.

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