In Virginia, Your License Can Be Suspended for Reasons Other Than a Traffic Offense

You might think that license suspensions in the state of Virginia are mostly the result of driving-related infractions (not paying your parking tickets, running a red light, having insufficient vehicle insurance, etc.) Usually, this would be the case, but many residents are unaware that the authorities can suspend their licenses for a variety of other reasons, including:

  • Failure to pay child support
  • A conviction for providing alcohol to a minor
  • Suffering from certain physical or mental conditions

Whether or not you believe these offenses or conditions warrant suspension of your license, you should be aware of one unintended consequence. If you don't pay careful attention to your incoming mail, for instance, you may not even be aware that your child-support arrears have resulted in the suspension of your license. If you're then pulled over by the police for a minor traffic infraction, a computer check will quickly reveal your driving status—and you'll find yourself fighting a charge of driving with a suspended license, in addition to whatever violation you were cited for in the first place.

Virginia's traffic, licensing, and child-support laws can be extremely complicated. That's why you need the advice of an expert criminal attorney; the lawyers at Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman are always available for help!

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