In West Virginia, your driver's licenses can be suspended or revoked for a variety of reasons. And, if you're caught driving during a suspension or revocation period, you'll likely face criminal charges, fines, and possible jail time.
Your license can be suspended or revoked for certain driving offenses, criminal convictions, and a number of other reasons. Some of the more common situations that lead to the loss of driving privileges include:
However, these are just some of the reasons your license can be suspended or revoked—there are quite a few others.
The lengths of suspension and revocation periods vary depending on the circumstances. But once the suspension or revocation is complete, you'll typically need to pay a reinstatement fee of $50 and might need to meet other conditions before you can lawfully drive again.
Driving on a suspended or revoked license is normally a misdemeanor. A conviction carries:
However, the penalties are more serious if the suspension or revocation was related to a DUI or refusing to submit to alcohol testing in violation of the state's implied consent laws. In these circumstances, a conviction carries:
Depending on the circumstances, a driver who's convicted of operating a vehicle on a suspended or revoked license might also face an additional suspension or revocation period.
Driving on a suspended or revoked license is a criminal offense and carries serious consequences. So, if you're arrested for one of these violations, it's a good idea to get in contact with an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible.