Every driver has various rights and responsibilities when it comes to maintaining their driving privileges, and losing your license can be a tremendous problem in various ways. However, if you have lost your license for any reason, it is never worth risking the penalties associated with driving with a suspended or revoked license. Unless you must drive for a life-or-death emergency, you could face even harsher penalties.
A driver could lose their license in many ways. A few of the most commonly cited causes of loss of driving privileges in the state include:
Once you have had your driver’s license suspended in the state, the traffic court judge handling your case will provide you with instructions for qualifying for reinstatement. Depending on the nature of the offense or offenses that led to the suspension, you may need to complete a probation period, pay restitution to anyone you have harmed, complete a driver safety course, or attend a substance abuse rehabilitation program. Judges that handle license revocations typically tailor defendants’ sentences to the specific details of their offenses. Regardless of what your individual case entails, it is best to consult a defense attorney you can trust to have the best chance of mitigating the penalties associated with the loss of your license.
If you were caught driving without a driver’s license, there are few options available aside from accepting responsibility for your actions and facing the resulting penalties. However, if you were compelled to drive without a license in an emergency situation, the court may be willing to waive the penalty as long as you acted in good faith. Whether you are guilty or believe you have grounds to fight the charge, it’s best to consult a traffic violations attorney who can defend you and potentially assist you in minimizing your penalty.
Driving without a valid license is typically considered a class 2 misdemeanor, and the defendant could face up to 90 days in jail. However, judges in traffic court have the discretionary power to modify a defendant’s sentence under certain conditions. For example, most judges are willing to recommend conditional probation in lieu of jail time for first offenses. However, if the driver caused harm while driving without their license or has a history of similar offenses, it is unlikely for the judge to consider alternative sentencing.
If your driver’s license was suspended or revoked for a DUI or other offense in the state, you might be able to petition for a restricted license if you meet certain criteria. A restricted license would allow you to drive to and from work and handle necessary errands. However, there are strict rules you must follow if you are approved for a restricted license, and any failure to abide by those rules can result in serious penalties.
If you are faced with a ticket, even if you are not at risk of losing your driver’s license, it is worth contesting the ticket with the help of an attorney. Paying the fine does not necessarily resolve the issue; this amounts to admitting guilt for the offense. This could lead to demerit points on your driver’s license as well as financial penalties like increased auto insurance premiums.
The attorneys at Cheney, Galluzzi & Howard offer comprehensive personal injury representation. If you have legal questions about a recent car accident or have any concerns about losing your license in response to a recent traffic offense, contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about the legal options available to you in these situations.