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Is It a Crime to Drive with a Suspended License?

Posted on : March 2, 2018, By:  Andrew Whitehead

Have you lost your license? Were you told your license was suspended after being pulled over, but that was the first you’d heard of it? If so, you’re not alone.

If you are accused of driving with a suspended license, you need the support of an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. One of the first things you should do if you get arrested for driving with a suspended license is to figure out why the license was suspended in the first place. Many people get pulled over and are surprised to learn that they have a suspended license issue on their driving record because they believe they were never informed about the issue.

If you have moved multiple times and the original notification letter never got to you, for example, this could be used as a defense in a driving with a suspended license case. Even when your license has been suspended and you are trying to carry out an activity that you believe to be extremely important, the law regarding a suspended license is very clear, and a police officer will take it very seriously if you are pulled over and do not have the appropriate documentation to show that you have an active and valid driver’s license.

Far too many people find themselves in this situation and assume that it’s a minor administrative issue that can be corrected quickly. If your license has been suspended for some time and you have taken no action to try to rectify the issue or if you have previously been caught with a suspended or revoked license, you need to consult with a criminal defense attorney immediately because additional penalties may apply that could make your life much more difficult. It can be a criminal offense to drive with a suspended license particularly if there are other issues involved, such as a previous criminal or driving record and whether or not you may have caused an accident that injured someone else.