Driving on a Suspended License in Oregon

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

Many different reasons, including driving offenses and criminal convictions, can lead to license suspension or revocation in Oregon. And, if you’re caught behind the wheel while your license is suspended or revoked, you’ll likely face criminal charges.

Reasons for Suspension or Revocation

Your license may be suspended or revoked for certain criminal convictions, vehicle accidents, or other driving-related conduct. For example, your license will likely be suspended or revoked if you are convicted of:

Also, your license can be suspended as a result of certain accidents or other driving-related conduct, such as:

  • failing to report an accident when you are required to do so
  • being involved in an accident when you don’t have vehicle insurance
  • contributing to an accident that kills someone
  • being habitually incompetent, reckless, or criminally negligent when you drive
  • committing a serious driving violation
  • failing to take a driver's test as required by the Department of Transportation
  • failing to obtain medical clearance to drive after the Department of Transportation asks you to do so, or
  • being deemed incompetent to drive.

There are many other reasons your license may be suspended or revoked.

Reinstating Your License

The period of your suspension or revocation depends on the reason for the suspension or revocation. After your suspension or revocation period expires, you normally have to pay a reinstatement fee of $75 and might have to complete other requirements before you can lawfully drive again.

Criminal Charges for Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License

Driving on a suspended or revoked license is a crime. You could be charged with a violation, misdemeanor, or felony, depending on the circumstances.

Violation

A standard driving-on-a-suspended-or-revoked conviction is a class A traffic violation. Class A traffic infractions carry a maximum fine of $2,000 but a presumptive fine of $440.

Misdemeanor

Driving on a suspended or revoked license is a class A misdemeanor if your license was suspended or revoked for certain convictions, including:

  • reckless endangerment, menacing, or criminal mischief resulting from driving a vehicle
  • perjury or making a false statement to the Department of Transportation
  • refusing or failing an alcohol test in violation of the state’ implied consent laws
  • being a habitual traffic offender
  • driving under the influence, or
  • fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

Class A misdemeanors carry up to 364 days in jail and a maximum fine of $6,250.

Felony

Driving on a suspended or revoked license is a class B felony if your suspension or revocation was because of a conviction for:

  • murder, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, or assault using a vehicle
  • aggravated vehicular homicide
  • aggravated driving while suspended or revoked, or
  • felony driving under the influence.

Class B felonies carry up to $250,000 in fines and up to ten years in prison.

Legal Help for Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License

Every situation is different. So, if you’ve been charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license, it’s a good idea to get in contact with an experienced defense attorney. A qualified attorney can tell you how the law applies to your case and advise you on how best to proceed.

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