Many driving offenses and convictions will result in your license being suspended or revoked in Oregon. If you drive while your license is suspended or revoked, you could be charged with a crime.
Your license may be suspended or revoked for certain criminal convictions, vehicle accidents, or other driving-related conduct. For example, may be suspended or revoked if you are convicted of:
Your license may be suspended as a result of certain accidents or other driving related conduct. For example, it may be suspended if you:
There are many other reasons your license may be suspended or revoked.
The period of your suspension or revocation may depend on many factors. You should not drive while your license is suspended or revoked. After your suspension or revocation period expires, you may have to pay a reinstatement fee, pay other fees, or complete other conditions before your license is reinstated. The reinstatement fee may be $75. (Or. Rev. Stat. § 807.370(23-24).)
Driving on a suspended or revoked license is a crime. You could be charged with a violation, misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances.
In many situations, you may be charged with a Class A traffic violation. (Or. Rev. Stat. § 811.175(4).) A Class A violation may involve fines or other penalties, but not incarceration. (Or. Rev. Stat. § 153.018(1). The maximum fine for a Class A traffic violation is $720. (Or. Rev. Stat. § 153.018(2)(a).)
In other situations, you may be charged with a misdemeanor or felony, both of which may involve incarceration.
You may be charged with a Class A misdemeanor if your license was suspended or revoked certain convictions, including:
The maximum penalty for a Class A misdemeanor may involve up to one year in jail. (Or. Rev. Stat. § 161.615(1).)
You may be charged with a class B felony if your license was suspended or revoked due to certain convictions, including:
The maximum penalty for a Class B felony may involve up to 10 years in prison. (Or. Rev. Stat. § 161.605(2).)
In addition to possible incarceration, you may be fined. If your license was suspended due to driving under the influence, you may be subject to a minimum fine of
In certain circumstances, your vehicle may be impounded or immobilized for driving after suspension or revocation. (Or. Rev. Stat. § 809.700(1).)
Consider hiring an attorney if you are charged with driving while your license is suspended or revoked. While your penalty may in some cases be limited to a fine, in others you could face the possibility a jail or prison sentence. The consequences for any conviction can be serious and may make it difficult to work or go to school, to obtain or retain insurance, and to live your life in general. While the law provides specific penalties for this crime, in reality your sentence will be shaped by view your local prosecutors and judges have of the crime and your own circumstances. An attorney who is familiar with how these charges are handled in your area will best be able to give you advice.