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What Happens If I Get Caught Driving on a Suspended License?

What Happens If I Get Caught Driving on a Suspended License?

Driving with a suspended license is a serious offense that should not be taken lightly. You can risk anything from increased suspension length to the total revocation of your license if you choose to drive with a suspended license. Additionally, some people can face jail time for driving with a suspended license. State laws differ when it comes to how they decide to prosecute those who choose to drive on a suspended license, but here are some of the most common consequences you can expect.

Longer Suspension Time

Sometimes, you can be faced with a longer suspension time if you choose to drive on a suspended license. This increase could be anywhere from months to years. However, this likely will not be the only punishment you have to endure. License revocation is far more likely, and even that will probably only be the beginning. Most states come down hard on those who drive with a suspended license because of the risk they perceive these drivers to pose to the rest of the community. It is not wise to choose to drive with a suspended license.


Another way that states has often chosen to discipline those who drive with a suspended license is to impose Hefty fines on them. You can expect to have to pay $500 all the way up to $2,000 or more depending on why your license was suspended in the first place. License suspensions that originated from drug and alcohol charges such as DUIs are likely to be scrutinized and punished to a greater extent than others.

Reinstatement Declined

If you drive while your license is suspended and you’re caught, you may be faced with the inability to reinstate your license. Driving without a license can make it much harder to get the courts to approve your reinstatement once your suspension is over. Driving without or with a suspended license as soon as aggravated in some cases, which means it might even be seen as a criminal charge instead of a civil one. If your state views driving with a suspended license as a reckless, you can also be faced with criminal charges.

Jail Time

If worst comes to worst, you may even have to face jail time if you’re caught driving with a suspended license. If the violation that led up to the suspension is criminal or severe in nature or is seen as aggravated, you could be sentenced to jail time ranging anywhere from 90 days to a year-and-a-half in some states. Not having the freedom to drive is frustrating, and that’s understandable, but there is far less freedom in jail. It’s a not advisable to ever drive when you have a suspended license.

Restricted Licenses Exist

If the reason you’re considering and driving with a suspended license it’s because you need to get somewhere important, such as your place of employment, you should consider applying for a restricted license. In most states, restricted licenses are available for those who can demonstrate that the complete suspension of their license would result in undue hardship. For instance, if you have to use your vehicle to get to work and you would lose your job if you were not able to drive there, that is almost always seen as an undue hardship. It is always best to try to get a restricted license rather than to risk driving on suspended one. It’s best to get an attorney to help you with this process so that your case can be made in the most persuasive manner possible and you can obtain the best results.

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