Driving on a Suspended, Revoked, or Canceled License
As a driver, it’s always important to keep track of the necessities. When you get into your vehicle, you probably know the location of your car’s registration and manual, as well as the whereabouts of your phone, wallet, sunglasses, and aux cord. And yet, perhaps the most important part of your driving repertoire—your driver’s license—is what’s forgotten or misplaced the most often. And while you may face penalties if caught driving without a license, the consequences are much harsher if you’re found to be driving on a suspended or revoked license.
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In Pennsylvania, your license can be suspended for various reasons, including an accumulation of points, a DUI conviction, refusal to submit to a breath or blood alcohol test, insurance problems, and more. Continuing to drive on a suspended or revoked license may lead to a summary offense, and possible consequences include probation or incarceration. Fortunately, help is right around the corner. If you’re faced with a DWLS charge, contact an experienced Montgomery County criminal defense attorney today.
What Does it Mean to Drive on a Suspended, Revoked, or Canceled License in Pennsylvania?
In order to convict you of driving while on a suspended, revoked, or canceled license, the government must prove the following elements:
- You were driving your motor vehicle on a highway or trafficway in Pennsylvania
- Your license has been suspended, revoked, or canceled and not been restored
- You had actual notice of the suspension.
In this case, “actual notice” means the prosecution must find evidence that you had known your license was suspended, revoked, or canceled and that you had time to amend the situation before getting behind the wheel.
Reasons for a Suspended, Revoked, or Canceled License
Your license may be suspended, revoked, or canceled for certain driving offenses, criminal convictions, and many other reasons. A few of the most common situations that lead to the loss of driving privileges include:
- Acquiring too many demerit points for traffic violation convictions
- Using a vehicle in the commission of a felony
- Traffic violations offenses that lead to an injury or death
- Certain types of fraud, forgeries, and counterfeiting related to vehicle documents and plates
- Vehicular homicide convictions
- A street racing conviction
- Reckless driving convictions
- Driving under the influence
- Failing or refusing to take a breath or blood alcohol test in violation of the state’s implied consent laws
It’s also important to note that many drivers make the mistake of thinking they can drive after 12 months of suspension. While you’re eligible for reinstatement after serving your suspension, you must go through the steps of getting your license reinstated, including an ignition interlock device in most DUI cases. This is often a reason many drivers are found in violation of this charge.
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What Are the Penalties for Driving on a Suspended License in Pennsylvania?
According to Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code 1543(a), driving a motor vehicle while your driver’s license is suspended, revoked, or canceled is considered a summary offense and carries a mandatory fine of $200 and a one-year license suspension. Repeating this offense may lead to a fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail. For a sixth or subsequent offense, you’ll face a fine of $1000 and mandatory 30 days jail with discretionary jail time of up to six months.
What to Do If You’re Charged with Driving on a Suspended License
Driving on a suspended, revoked, or canceled license can lead to serious consequences. If you’ve been arrested, your first step should be to get in contact with an experienced defense attorney, who may be able to tell you how the law applies to the facts of your case and help you implement a strategic plan of action. Likewise, an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to get points removed from your license from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Montgomery County
If you’re accused of driving with a suspended, revoked, or canceled license in Pennsylvania, it’s crucial that you speak with a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. For legal assistance, look no further than the best-in-class attorneys at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford. Our firm approaches each case on an individual basis and is dedicated to making the legal process as straightforward and painless as possible.
For more than 65 years, the attorneys at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford have been serving clients’ legal needs in Montgomery County, Bucks County, Lehigh County, Chester County, Delaware County, and throughout the surrounding areas. We’ve earned the true respect of those facing a wide variety of legal problems. Give us a call at (215) 822-7575 or complete our online contact form today.