What is Driving with a Suspended License?
Driving is a privilege, not a right. The right to hold a driver’s license may be suspended if the driver commits certain crimes. A license may be suspended by either the DMV or the court.
There are a number of offenses that may lead to a suspended license, including driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, reckless driving, or some disability that prevents the person from driving safely. Once a person’s license has been suspended, driving with a suspended license is considered a crime.
Once a license has been suspended, the person will need to apply for a new driver’s license at the conclusion of the suspension period.
What are the consequences of Driving with a Suspended License?
Penalties for driving with a suspended license may vary depending on the reason the license was suspended, and the reason the person was driving. Penalties may include fines and/or jail time.
What are some defenses to a charge of Driving with a Suspended License?
Possible defenses for a charge of driving with a suspended license include:
- The person was unaware that their license was suspended.
- The person was unaware that they needed to apply for a new license at the end of the suspension period.
- The license was not actually suspended, and it was erroneously entered into the system.
- The situation was an emergency (for example, a passenger needed urgent medical attention)
Contacting a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles
If you are accused of driving with a suspended license, you should contact Ken Behzadi immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses, and the legal system process.