Driving on a Suspended License Is an Extremely Serious Offense, and One That Requires an Aggressive Defense Lawyer
Driving with a suspended or revoked license is a lot like breaking out of jail. If the state of Virginia has already seen fit to revoke or suspend your license, it means that you have already committed a very serious criminal or traffic offense, such as DUI or reckless driving. If you're caught driving by a police officer, your actions will be interpreted as flouting the law and can lead to serious fines and jail time. That's why you need the representation of an experienced defense attorney from Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC.
The Circumstances of Your License Suspension Will Figure into Your Punishment
As a general rule, judges and district attorneys distinguish between two types of license suspensions when weighing the cases of individuals who have been caught driving with suspended licenses. On the more innocent side, failure to pay your traffic tickets in a timely fashion can result in an administrative suspension of your license, and it may be possible for the affected individual to plead ignorance or financial hardship. In these cases, the authorities are unlikely to “throw the book” at the defendant.
On the less innocent side, though, are drivers who have had their licenses suspended or revoked because of past criminal conduct. If your license was suspended because of a DUI conviction, or because you were once caught going 80 MPH in a 25 MPH school zone, no judge in the state of Virginia is going to treat your case leniently. Here's what you can look forward to if the authorities convict you of driving with a suspended license:
- Up to a year in jail
- Significant fines, amounting to thousands of dollars
- Permanent revocation of your driver's license
- A felony conviction on your permanent record
In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to argue that you had no choice but to drive, whether you possessed a valid license or not. Having to take your child to the emergency room will likely be excused by the authorities, and so may being the only sober driver in a car full of inebriated adults.
A Charge of Driving on a Suspended License Requires Expert Criminal Defense
In the eyes of many judges, jury members, and district attorneys, driving with a suspended or revoked license is every bit as serious as arson or armed robbery. If you have been accused of this crime, call the criminal defense lawyers of Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC today for a free consultation!