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Driving on Suspended License

Information and Penalties for Driving on Suspended Charges in Virginia

Driving on a suspended driver’s license is a serious offense in Virginia. Under Virginia law section 46.2-301, driving on a suspended driver’s license is a Class 1 Misdemeanor, the most serious type of misdemeanor offense in Virginia. Because a Misdemeanor is a criminal charge, the consequences can be severe. If convicted of driving on a suspended license, you can face up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. It is extremely rare for Virginia judges to impose the maximum sentence, but not at all uncommon for judges to sentence a driver to several days in jail. In fact, law section 46.2-301 says that if you have had two or more prior convictions for driving with a suspended license, the minimum sentence a judge can give you is 10 days in jail! Working with a Fairfax suspended license attorney is one of the best ways to improve your outcome in court and avoid paying large fines or spending time in jail. At S&R Law Firm, we are committed to helping our clients recover after mistakes such as driving while suspended. We will fight hard for your rights and help you get the best possible outcome for your case.

What Happens After a Conviction for Driving While Suspended?

As if the fines and jail time you could get for driving while suspended was not serious enough, a conviction for driving on a suspended license often comes with an additional license suspension that is separate and apart from the underlying suspension that is the basis of the driving suspended charge. Virginia law actually requires a judge who finds a defendant guilty of driving on a suspended driver’s license to suspend that person’s license for the same period of time for which the person’s license was originally suspended.

For example, if the person’s license was originally suspended for six months due to a Reckless Driving conviction, and that person is then later convicted on a driving suspended charge, the judge must re-suspend the person’s license for an additional six months. Where a person’s license was not suspended for a specific period of time, Virginia law allows a judge to re-suspend that person’s license for up to an additional ninety days if they are convicted for driving on a suspended license. These separate license suspensions do not even begin until the underlying suspension is over.

There are numerous other complications that can arise depending on the reason a driver’s license was suspended, how long it was suspended, how many times the driver has been charged with driving on a suspended license, whether they were ever charged with driving on a revoked license or without a valid license (both different offenses), whether the driver was eligible for reinstatement, and many other factors. Working with a Fairfax suspended license lawyer with experience defending clients for these actions is typically in your best interest in such cases.

Contact S&R Law Firm Today

Driving on a suspended license is a very serious matter. The good news is that there are many elements that a prosecutor must prove in order for a driver to be found guilty of the offense, and many defenses that an attorney can use to help his or her client. A good traffic attorney can help you ensure that you have all the necessary information and get the best possible result for your case.

At S&R Law Firm, we have achieved such results for many of our clients and may be able to help you, too.

Get in touch today at 703.273.6431.

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