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Driving on a Suspended License


When your driving privileges are suspended you can do one of two things: you can rely on public transportation, and friends and family members to get you where you need to be,  or you can risk driving on a suspended license. Even if you do try to do the right thing, there are some rare occasions where you may feel like you have no choice but to drive.

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Although law enforcement may be under the impression that people with suspended driving privileges always drive regardless of the suspension, many clients we’ve represented were arrested the first time they disobeyed their suspension.

Or you may not have even known that your driver’s license was suspended if there was a failure to notify, or delay in your notification after a move.

Your driver’s license is just one of those things you take for granted until it’s gone. Finding a ride for work, school, appointments, and social activities doesn’t only stress you out, it can put a fairly big burden on your personal relationships. Facing new criminal charges for driving while on suspension can make this much worse, and can result in additional license suspension time or even jail time in some cases.

Please contact me to find out how we can help you fix your legal problems after a criminal charge of driving on a suspended license in DC.

DC Driving on a Suspended License – Penalty

Regardless of the reason for your suspension, you could face a fine of $5,000 and up to one year behind bars for driving on a revoked or suspended license.

Ref: DC Code 50-1403.01

In Washington D.C. there are many reasons you could have lost your license in the first place. The following are just a few reasons for license suspension:

  • DWI
  • stolen vehicle offense
  • any criminal offense for which a vehicle was involved
  • accumulation of more than 10 points
  • certain drug offenses
  • reckless driving
  • failure to pay child support
  • unpaid traffic tickets

When you are facing criminal charges for driving while your license is revoked, you need a defense attorney who can protect your rights in court, your freedom, and your ability to drive. The last thing you need is jail time or other penalties that will exacerbate the stresses you are already under.

Contact our offices today for a consultation on a suspended license case or related criminal offense in DC courts.

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