Driving Under License Suspension in Philadelphia
Have you been stopped by Philadelphia Police, only to learn that your license is suspended? This happens many times daily in Philadelphia. Often, a person does not even know that their license is suspended. Here is what you need to know if you are driving with a license suspension in Philadelphia.
What is Driving Under License Suspension?
Driving under a License Suspension is defined in the code as operating a motor vehicle on the roads of the Commonwealth when a person's operating privilege has been revoked by the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles. Many times, a person will not get notice of the suspension. A lack of notice is not a defense with these cases, but an experienced attorney can help you avert some of the worse consequences of driving under license suspension in Philadelphia.
Possible Consequences of Driving While Suspended
If convicted of driving under suspension, you are facing a fine of $200 and an additional year loss of license. However, if your license is revoked at the time, you're facing a two year license suspension.
Police Officers Can Impound Your Car
In addition to license consequences, at the time you are stopped by police, your car can be impounded. If your car is impounded, expect to pay hundreds in fines, tow and storage fees, and collateral to get your car back. Philadelphia's policy is to make you pay your fines and costs in full plus tow fees in order to get your car back - you may not have the money to do so on the spot. If you're driving under suspension, you should contact one of our attorneys to try and get your license restored.
Multiple Driving Under Suspension Tickets Means Jail
If impoundment and payment of fines isn't enough, the more driving under suspension tickets you get, the more you risk going to jail. Starting at your second driving under suspension, you face a fine of $200 to $1,000 and discretionary jail time of up to 6 months. Once you reach 6 or more offenses, you are looking at a mandatory 30 days in jail with an additional six months of optional jail time.
You Should Hire an Attorney to Handle Your Case
The penalties of driving under license suspension in Philadelphia are too great to go at it alone. You should contact an attorney who can plot possible defenses and even help you potentially beat the case. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. have decades of experience handling these types of cases. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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