If your license was suspended after you were convicted of drunk driving or another serious driving offense, you may be tempted to use your vehicle anyway and just hope you don’t get caught. No matter how badly you need to get around though, Vista DUI lawyers will always tell you that it’s not worth the risk.
The penalties vary based on the reason for your license suspension, but they are all serious. At minimum, people convicted of the crime will face a 5 day jail sentence and $300 in fines. Driving on a suspended license will also add two points on your DMV record. Even if you plead the case down to an infraction, you will still have the points added to your record. If you get four points in a year the DMV will suspend you for being a negligent operator.
If your license was suspended for drunk driving, you will face a 10 day jail sentence for your first offense and for offenses thereafter, the penalty increases to a minimum 30 days in jail, all the way up to a year. You will also be required to install an ignition interlock device into your car for up to three years.
You can be declared a habitual traffic offender if, during the course of one year, you were involved in two or more serious driving-related crimes, received three general moving citations, or involved in three car accidents that resulted in injuries or property damage totaling over $750. If you are declared a habitual traffic offender and arrested for driving on a suspended license, you could face a permanent license revocation and a mandatory vehicle impound.
As you can see, these are all serious penalties you do not want to face alone. If you have been charged with driving on a suspended license, immediately get in charge with your DUI lawyers.
Vista allows for some people with suspended licenses to get a restricted license in order to travel from work or school. If you have had your driver’s license suspended, this is your best option to avoid having to risk driving without a valid license.
If you have any questions about restricted licenses or the consequences of driving on a suspended driver’s license, please call Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050 as soon as possible.
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