Can my driver's license be suspended for failing to pay child support?
It is true, your license may be suspended for failure to pay child support. In fact, the penalties in addition to license suspension for failure to pay child support include: contempt, jail/probation for up to six months, a fine of up to $500, seizure of bank accounts or tax refunds, passport denial, liens against personal property, and credit bureau reporting. Clearly, failure to pay child support is a very serious issue, one you should not ignore.
In Pennsylvania, the Department of Public Welfare may issue an order to PennDOT to suspend your license - or in the alternative, prohibit the issuance or renewal of your license. You may prevent this by ensuring that your child support payments delinquency do not accrue to the point that you are a total of three months or more in arrears. Once you have failed to pay child support to such an extent, the suspension of your license is likely.
How can I get my driver's license back if it was suspended for failing to pay child support?
Ultimately, the suspension is a means of punishment designed to incentivize you to pay your child support obligations. Once you have done so, your license may be reinstated. If you satisfy your child support obligations prior to the effective date of suspension, the suspension will be removed from your record - having never gone into effect - and PennDOT will send you notice of your driving privileges reinstatement. If you do not pay until the day of effectuation or afterwards, you will have to pay a restoration fee in addition to your child support obligations in order to have your driving privileges reinstated.
What if I get caught driving while my license is suspended for failure to pay child support?
Unfortunately, if you are caught driving while your license is suspended for failure to pay child support, you will be cited with Driving Under Suspended License. Under Pennsylvania law, this type of suspension carries an additional year license suspension. So, instead of just dealing with your child support obligations, you will now be prohibited from driving for an additional year.
If you have had your license suspended for failure to pay child support, the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help you get your privileges reinstated. Call today to schedule a free consultation with one of our associates.
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