You must have a valid driver’s license in order to legally drive a motor vehicle in the state of California. Depending on your charge, the court will often have the power to suspend your driving privilege. Suspending or revoking a driver’s license can be part of your punishment for any number of other infractions, including failure to pay child support, DUI, and accruing too many points on your license. If you are caught driving a vehicle while your license is suspended, you will face additional criminal charges.
Your California driver’s license can be suspended or even revoked completely for a number of different things, including the following:
- Failure to maintain auto insurance
- Refusing a mandatory chemical test for DUI
- Being caught with alcohol while under 21
- Accruing too many points on your license
- Failure to appear in court or pay the fine for a traffic ticket
- Failure to pay child support
- Mental or physical conditions that impair your ability to drive
Driving on a suspended license is a California misdemeanor. Driving on a suspended license can result in serious fines and even jail time. It may also lead to the revocation of your license in some instances.
There are several ways that you can defend against a charge of driving on a suspended license. The prosecution must prove two things in a court of law – that you knowingly operated a motor vehicle while your license was suspended, and that your license was actually suspended at that time. However, there is the possibility that you were unaware that your license was suspended. For instance, if you did not receive a notification from the California DMV in the mail, or the mailed notice was returned to the DMV as undeliverable or unclaimed, you may be able to prove that you did not know your license
John Campion has successfully represented many clients accused of driving on a suspended license and has prevented them from losing their driving privilege. He can offer the same robust defense for your situation. There is no reason to fear losing your ability to drive.