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Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License

Here in California, our lives are built around driving. We drive to work, take the kids to school, or run errands. Your day to day activities depend on driving. If your driving privilege is threatened by a revoked or suspended driver's license, you need to contact Criminal Defense Incorporated.

If you are accused of a Driving on a Suspended License, call us at (800) 458-1488 immediately!

In the State of California, it's illegal for someone to drive any motor vehicle while their license is suspended or revoked. Driving privileges can be suspended or revoked for many reasons. But, the one simple fact remains: driving while your license is suspended or revoked is a crime. Even though it's a misdemeanor, the state takes this charge seriously. Possible punishments for a suspended driving conviction include county jail time, fines, and points against your driving record.

If you're charged with driving after getting your license suspended or revoked, you need strong criminal defense on your side. A conviction isn't just going to result in criminal punishments, you'll also have problems getting or keeping your auto insurance coverage. Criminal Defense Incorporated have helped many clients charged with this crime. We can be there for you. Contact us today at (800) 458-1488.

Reasons for California Drivers Licenses Getting Revoked

In California, your driver's license can be suspended for a number of reasons, including:

  • Drunk driving conviction (DUI)
  • Prior DUI charge (even if you weren't convicted)
  • Bench warrant
  • Medical reasons (especially vision problems)
  • Drug crime conviction
  • Unpaid traffic violations
  • Failure to appear in court after a summons
  • Failing to pay child support
  • Failing to pay civil judgments

California Laws About Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License

The Golden State has several laws regarding driving with a suspended or revoked license. Which charge you may be facing completely depends on the circumstances of your situation. Here are California's suspended or revoked driving license laws and some information about them:

Vehicle Code 14601(a) VC - License Suspended or Revoked for Specific Offenses

This is the most common charge against people accused of driving on a suspended or revoked license. This law forbids anyone from driving if the California DMV has officially suspended or revoked a person's license for a specific offense. The most common offenses are reckless driving and DUIs.

Vehicle Code 14601.1(a) VC - License Revoked or Suspended for General Offenses

This law is very similar to the one above. The only difference is that it doesn't include specific driving offenses that got your license revoked. This law is more of a "catch all" that makes it illegal for someone to drive when they know the DMV has suspended or revoked their license for any reason (not just ones that involve driving).

Vehicle Code 14601.2(a) VC - License Revoked or Suspended for DUI

California takes drunk driving offenses very seriously. Of all the laws about driving with a revoked or suspended license, if you're caught driving after losing your license to a DUI conviction, you could be in serious legal trouble. If your license is suspended or revoked for a DUI and then you're caught driving, you could be labeled a "habitual traffic offender."

What are the Punishments for Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License?

Usually, a first offense for driving with a suspended or revoked license is going to lead to some jail time and a fine. The standard sentence is a trip to the county jail for up to six months. The fine is up to $1,000. A second conviction within five years of your first will double punishments: up to a year in county jail and a fine up to $2,000. This crime is serious. You need a strong defense.

Contact Criminal Defense Incorporated

The Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at Criminal Defense Incorporated have helped many clients charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license. Contact our office today to discuss your unique situation and how we can help. Call us today at (800) 458-1488.

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