Driving With a Suspended License
Driving With License Suspended Violations
A driver caught driving while their license is suspended (DWLS) can find themselves facing heavy fines and even jail time. Some drivers don’t realize their license has been suspended until they are stopped and the officer informs them. A suspended license may be the result of earlier traffic violations or have nothing to do with your driving record at all. If you have been arrested for driving with a suspended license you should call an Orange County traffic ticket attorney at The Ticket Team as soon as possible.
Your license can be suspended for having too many points on your license, for failure to complete a court ordered judgment or failure to appear. It can be suspended for high speed racing or refusal to take a breath test. Family court judges can also order the suspension of a parent’s license who is behind on their child support. If you were honestly unaware your license had been suspended and can prove this to the court, we can help you get the charge reduced to a non-criminal citation.
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The penalties you could face include:
- First Offense – if it was unintentional it is charged as a civil offense punishable by a fine and short driver’s course. If intentional, it is a criminal misdemeanor. Punishment is a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.
- Second Offense – Misdemeanor or felony charge punishable by up to one year in jail and $500 fine. Your vehicle can also be seized.
- Third Offense – Felony and labeled as a habitual traffic offender (HTO). Punishable with up to five years in prison, five year suspension of your license and a $5000 fine.
These are serious penalties and require the help of an experienced and aggressive defense attorney. We can help you fight to get your charges reduced or dismissed and will also help you resolve whatever caused your license to be suspended.
Contact an Orange County traffic ticket lawyer if you have been arrested. We can fight the charges and also work to help you be able to drive again.