Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License Is Not a Victimless Crime

It may seem like splitting hairs, but there's a big difference between driving with a suspended or revoked license, and driving without having bothered to obtain any license at all. Although the latter practice is certainly illegal, the state won't necessarily act on the presumption that you're a dangerous driver motivated by criminal intent. But if your license has already been suspended or revoked, that means that the state of Virginia has already found you guilty of serious criminal conduct (usually drunk or reckless driving) and wants you off the roads.

One mistake many drivers make is to argue that operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked license is a victimless crime, and therefore not a big deal. You had to take your kids to school; there was no other way to get to your job; you were tired of the bus and wanted to get to the shopping mall before it closed. The trouble is that the offense which got your license suspended or revoked in the first place was certainly not a victimless crime: you were caught driving drunk, say, or you were clocked at 30 MPH over the speed limit in a school zone. If you engaged in this type of behavior once, a judge or district attorney is not going to be impressed by the argument that your decision to drive on a suspended license was innocent in intent and put no one at risk.

Whatever the circumstances of your suspended license infraction, you will need the representation of an expert criminal defense lawyer. Call the law firm of Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman today for a free consultation!

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