Driving with a Suspended License: What the Prosecutor Must Prove

There are many reasons why your drivers license can be suspended or revoked. Whatever the reason, not having a license can disrupt your life significantly. Driving with a suspended or revoked license is a misdemeanor under California Vehicle Code 14601. The penalties for this offense are serious; depending on the type of suspension or revocation, you could face up to $2000 in fines and up to a year in jail. In addition, future instances of driving with a suspended license will be judged more harshly if you have a prior offense of the same nature. However, the prosecutor must prove you were aware of the suspension to convict you. This protects those who were not notified of their suspension from being convicted of a crime they didn't know they were committing. If you were never mailed any notification regarding the status of your license, you can argue in court that you did not knowingly commit the crime. The notice could come from either the courts or the California Department of Motor Vehicles. If you feel you were not properly notified of your suspension and are facing a charge of driving with a suspended license, consult with an experienced attorney to help you strategize your defense. An experienced attorney can help you figure out the best plan of action for your scenario. If you feel you weren't properly notified of your suspended or revoked license, don't let an unfair charge be laid against you; you may have a chance at keeping your license.

Have you been charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license in the Visalia area? Contact attorney Christopher Martens and his legal team to discuss your case. Experienced in motor vehicle crimes, we can explain the process of facing these charges and let you know of any possible strategies we feel could help your case. Call our office at 559-967-7386 or email us at MartensLaw@gmail.com for a free consultation today.