If your driver's license has been suspended or revoked in the State of California, you have an obligation to avoid driving. Despite these obligations, there are many reasons why individuals with suspended licenses continue to drive, including going to work, getting to the doctor's office, and providing for a family. If you are caught, however, the penalties are severe and Judges do not look favorably on those individuals who are caught routinely breaking the law.
In order to be convicted of driving on a suspended or revoked license, the prosecutor must prove that you knew your license was suspended and yet you still drove a vehicle. While there are many reasons your license could have been suspended or revoked, the most common is in connection with a DUI conviction.
If you are convicted of driving on a suspended license, you face possible jail time, a longer suspension of your driver's license, fines, and more.
If you have prior offenses or a long criminal history, the judge may impose a harsher sentence than for first time offenders. In addition, if you are convicted of driving on a suspended license in California, the judge may require you to install a California ignition interlock device on your car.
After a DUI conviction, your experienced Oakland DUI defense lawyer may
be able to obtain a restricted license for you instead of having your
license suspended all together. This means that you may be allowed to
drive your car to and from work or school, doctor's offices, and other
important court permitted activities. If you were driving within the scope
of your restricted California license, then your attorney can fight to
have your charges dismissed completely.
Even when the evidence is stacked against you, your Oakland DUI defense lawyer may be able to have the prosecutor reduce the charges to a lesser infraction or moving violation. If you have no criminal history and this is your first offense, prosecutors may be more willing to reduce the charges.
No matter what the circumstances are surrounding your case, you need an aggressive and experienced Oakland DUI defense lawyer on your side from the moment you are arrested. Your attorney can fight these serious charges, in order to protect your future and your driving record. Driving on a suspended license is a serious offense that should not be taken lightly.
If you are facing charges for driving on a suspended license, it is important to understand how these charges could affect your driving record, your insurance, and your future. Call me at (510) 907-6600 or send me an e-mail to discuss how I can help you pursue the best possible outcome.