If you are licensed to drive in Rhode Island, your driving privileges be suspended or revoked for a range of criminal convictions, driving offenses, or other reasons. Driving while your license is suspended or revoked is a crime.
Certain criminal convictions may net you a license suspension or revocation. They include:
Other driving-related issues may also result in suspension. They include:
Your license may be suspended if you fail to pay traffic fines. (R.I. Gen. Laws § 31-11-25.)
You should not drive while your license is suspended or revoked. After your period of suspension or revocation, you may have to pay a reinstatement fee or complete other conditions before your license is reinstated. The reinstatement fee may be:
You will not have to pay a reinstatement fee if your license was suspended because you were mentally or physically unable to drive and you have since been found competent to drive. (R.I. Gen. Laws § 31-11-10(a).)
If you drive while your license is suspended or revoked, you may be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. (R.I. Gen. Laws § 31-11-18(a).) In general, for a first offense, you sentence may involve:
For a second or subsequent offense, your sentence may involve:
Your sentence may be different if your license was suspended or revoked for certain convictions, including:
In these situations, your first and second offenses may be a misdemeanor. (R.I. Gen. laws § 31-11-18.1(a).) A third or subsequent offense may be a felony. (R.I. Gen. laws § 31-11-18.1(a).)
A first offense (misdemeanor) may involve a sentence of:
For a second offense (misdemeanor) within five years, your sentence may involve:
For a third or subsequent conviction within five years, a felony, your sentence may involve:
In addition, your license may be subject to additional suspension or revocations. (R.I. Gen. laws § 31-11-18(b), § 31-11-18.1(b).)
If you are charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license, you may want to hire an attorney. A conviction comes with serious consequences, including fines, possible imprisonment, and further license suspensions or revocations. Your ability to get to work, stay in school, obtain or retain insurance, and other areas of your life may be affected. Pennsylvania law provides a range of penalties for a conviction, but your actual sentence will be determined by the view that your local judges and prosecutors have of the crime. A lawyer who is familiar with these charges in your area will best be able to advise you.