When you have had your driver’s license suspended or revoked, you might be tempted to drive, hoping your chances of getting pulled over will be slim. If you are pulled over though, you’ll certainly regret the decision, as driving without a valid license carries a number of very serious consequences. If you are being charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license, please call San Diego DUI defense lawyer Peter M. Liss.
There are many reasons driver’s licenses can be revoked or suspended, including: being convicted for a DUI, being under 21 and having any alcohol or drug convictions, not having auto insurance, not filing a SR1 traffic collision report after an accident, having a medical condition that prevents you from driving safely, failing to pay child support, failing to appear in court on a traffic ticket and more. Whatever the reason for the suspension or revocation of your license, the charges are serious if you decide to drive without a valid license in San Diego.
DUI lawyers will always advise you to find some other way to get around if your license is suspended and in many cases, you may even be able to obtain a restricted license that will allow you to travel from work to home and to court-mandated education courses. If you have had your license suspended and have not yet been charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license and you need to get from work to home and back, please call a San Diego DUI defense attorney to see if there is any way you can get a restricted license.
Violating the suspension or revocation is a misdemeanor charge punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and six months in jail. This offense will also lead to the DMV adding two points to your driving record –the points will still be added even if your San Diego DUI defense attorneys are able to plea the case down to an infraction. The consequences may be increased if you have prior criminal driving convictions and, in cases where your license was suspended for drunk driving, you may be forced to install an ignition interlock device on your car. If you have been declared a habitual traffic offender after you were involved in a number of serious car accidents, moving citations or driving-related crimes and are then convicted for driving with a suspended license, you could have your driver’s license permanently revoked and you could also face a mandatory vehicle impound.
You can fight these charges and the associated consequences though. If you have been accused of driving without a valid license, please call a DUI lawyer. San Diego does allow alternative sentencing in some cases, which means that even if you are found guilty, you might be able to face less serious consequences than those mentioned above.
Do not fight these charges alone. If you were arrested for driving without a valid license, please call an experienced San Diego DUI defense attorney as soon as possible. Peter M. Liss has ample experience helping people in your exact same situation. If you have any questions or are ready to schedule a free initial consultation, please call (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024.
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