Driving on a Suspended License in South Carolina

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

In South Carolina, your driver's license can be suspended or revoked for a range of reasons. Driving on a suspended or revoked license is a crime. If you're convicted, you could face expensive fines, additional time without a license, and even jail time.

Reasons for Suspension or Revocation

Under South Carolina law, your license can be suspended or revoked for many alcohol-related offenses, certain criminal convictions, traffic violations, and several reasons unrelated to driving or criminal conduct. Some of the reasons you could lose driving privileges include:

Believe it or not, you could also face license suspension for failing to pay child support. And there are lots of other reasons that could lead to the state revoking or suspending your license.

Reinstating Your License

The period of time your license is suspended or revoked depends on the reason for the suspension or revocation. Once your period of suspension or revocation expires, your license isn't automatically reinstated. You'll generally have to pay a reinstatement fee of $100 and might have to meet other conditions (such as paying child support) before you're allowed to lawfully drive again.

Criminal Charges for Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License

Driving on a suspended or revoked license is typically a misdemeanor. Generally, a conviction carries:

  • a $300 fine and up to 30 days in jail for a first offense
  • a $600 fine and up to 60 days in jail for a second offense, and
  • a $1,000 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

But the penalties for offenses that involved alcohol-related suspensions like driving under the influence carry more severe consequences. This type of conviction results in:

  • a $300 fine and ten to 30 days in jail for a first offense
  • a $600 fine 60 days to six months in jail for a second violation, and
  • a $1,000 fine and six months to three years in jail for a third conviction.

Drivers who are convicted of one of these offenses might also face an additional period of revocation or suspension.

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

Driving on a suspended or revoked license is s serious offense. If you've been arrested for one of these offenses, it's a good idea to get in contact with a qualified defense attorney who can help you decide how best to handle your situation.

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