Philadelphia Suspended Driver’s License Lawyer
Driving is a privilege, not a right. However, it is one of the most vital privileges in the modern United States, and one which many people require. Driving is incorporated into our everyday tasks, such as going to work, taking your children to school, or shopping. Driving is fundamental to most people’s management of their day to day responsibilities. That is why it is essential for a person to maintain a valid driver’s license. The sentiment that driving is crucial often leads to people driving even after their license has been suspended. This, however, is a poor decision. If you drive while your license is suspended and are caught, the penalties you face will be significantly worse than your original suspension. You are going to need an attorney to help you fight the fines, additional suspension time, and even possible jail time that can result from Driving While Suspended.
Why Your License Was Suspended
Many people do not think about their driving privileges in the event that they decide to speed down a highway or try to squeak in through a light just before it turns red. But when you tally up too many traffic violations – or if you are convicted of a DUI – there is a good possibility you might end up getting your driver’s license suspended.
There are many things that can lead to a suspended license. Most people would be surprised to know that even something which doesn’t seem like a big deal can, in some circumstances, lead to a suspension of your driving privileges.
In practically every license offense case, the driver’s setback begins with a traffic stop. A police officer notices that you have failed to come to a complete stop at a stop sign, have failed to signal a turn or have committed some sort of traffic violation. Another possibility for your traffic stop could be due to the officer running a routine scan of your license plate. In the event that his search indicates that you have a license suspension or revoked license, you will be pulled over immediately and charged with additional offenses and fines.
Some of the Legal Matters Which May Result in Suspension Include:
- Accumulation of points on your driving record
- Driving with a suspended registration
- Conviction of a felony where you used a vehicle
- Reckless Driving
- Driving without Insurance
- Failure to pay or respond to traffic tickets and parking violations
- Homicide by vehicle
- Drag Racing
- Unpaid Child Support Payments
- Old civil judgments stemming from an accident
- Failure to Stop for a School Bus; or
- Failing to take or pass the special PennDOT points exam after accumulating six (6) points on your license for the first time.
What Happens if You Get a Ticket for Driving while Suspended?
The most important thing to know about Driving while Suspended tickets is that each time you receive a ticket for driving while suspended and are found guilty, your license will be suspended for an additional one year.
It is also important to keep in mind that for a third or subsequent offense, if you are found guilty of driving while suspended, the court can impose a up to a six (6) month jail sentence.
If your License Was Suspended due to a DUI, then you are facing significantly worse penalties. If you are found guilty of driving while suspended as a result of a DUI, even if it’s your first offense, you face a mandatory jail sentence of up to ninety (90) days.
For a second offense, you will be charged criminally as a third degree misdemeanor can face up to six months in jail. For a third offense, you face at least two years in jail, and will be charged with a first degree misdemeanor. Additionally, the fines increase with each violation and can cost of you thousands of dollars.
Fighting Criminal Charges and Administrative Suspension
When you are stopped, arrested, and charged with driving a vehicle with a Suspended License, there are two separate legal matters to address. First, there is the criminal conviction that caused your license to be suspended. Second, there is the license suspension itself, instituted by PennDOT. An attorney can help you to fight these potentially serious penalties, and to determine what options may be available to you.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.