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.
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:
There are many other reasons your license may be suspended or revoked.
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.
Driving on a suspended or revoked license is a crime. You could be charged with a violation, misdemeanor, or felony, depending on the circumstances.
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.
Driving on a suspended or revoked license is a class A misdemeanor if your license was suspended or revoked for certain convictions, including:
Class A misdemeanors carry up to 364 days in jail and a maximum fine of $6,250.
Driving on a suspended or revoked license is a class B felony if your suspension or revocation was because of a conviction for:
Class B felonies carry up to $250,000 in fines and up to ten years in prison.
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.