As in all other states, Virginia drivers can lose their driving privileges for lots of different reasons. And, if you get caught driving during a license suspension or revocation, you'll likely face criminal charges.
Your license can be suspended or revoked for alcohol-related offenses, certain criminal convictions, traffic violations, and many other reasons. Some of the more common situations that lead to the loss of driving privileges include:
But this isn't a complete list—your license may be suspended or revoked in other circumstances as well.
The length of your suspension or revocation depends on the reason for the suspension or revocation. And, once the period is complete, you generally have to pay a reinstatement fee and might have to complete other conditions before you can lawfully drive again. The reinstatement fee is typically $30 or $60, depending on the circumstances.
Driving on a suspended or revoked license is generally a class 1 misdemeanor. A conviction carries up to 12 months in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500. Drivers who are convicted of driving on a suspended or revoked license will have their license suspended or revoked for an additional period of time.
Driving on a suspended or revoked license is a serious offense. If you've been arrested for one these violations, you should get in contact with an experienced defense attorney about your case. A qualified attorney can help you understand what you're up against and decide on how best to handle your situation.