Suspended Drivers License Lawyer Bucks County
People tend to view driving as a right. They will drive no matter what the circumstances, even if they have been informed by the court or PennDOT that their driving privileges have been suspended. Driving is just that – a privilege, not a right. Both the courts and PennDOT are so empowered to temporarily suspend this privilege, making it so that you are breaking the law by driving while suspended.
But you drove because you had to. How else do you get to work, or go shopping for essentials? These are reasonable concerns, but the fact remains that if you drive while on a suspended license and are stopped, you are going to get a ticket, and they will become more expensive and carry potential jail time if you are a repeat offender.
A Driving while Suspended ticket can gravely impact your ability to become a lawful driver again. Do not simply accept the ticket. If you believe the ticket was issued in error, an attorney can help you to rectify the mistake. Otherwise, an attorney can attempt to negotiate a favorable plea. The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. will do whatever possible to get you lawfully back behind the wheel.
Reasons for Driver's License Suspension
Legal matters which may result in suspension include:
- 12+ points on your driving record
- Conviction for a felony where you used a vehicle
- Homicide by vehicle
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Ignoring Traffic Tickets and parking violations
- Drag Racing
- Failure To Pay Child Support
First offense: The norm is a $200 fine.
Second offense: Up to $1000 and six months in jail.
DUI related offense: If your license was originally suspended as a result of a DUI, the fine is up to $500 and 60 to 90 days in jail.
BAC when pulled over: If your license was originally suspended as a result of a DUI and you have a BAC of .02 percent or more when stopped then the punishment is more severe than illustrated above.
- First offense – A minimum of $1,000 and at least 90 days in jail.
- Second offense – A minimum of a $2,500 fine and at least six months in jail. Classified as a third-degree misdemeanor.
- Third offense – A minimum of a $5,000 fine and at least two years in jail. Classified as a first-degree misdemeanor
Driving with a Suspended License involves two separate legal issues. When you are stopped, arrested, and charged with this offense, if found guilty, you are facing both a criminal conviction and administrative suspension. The court may issue legally punitive decisions, while PennDOT may add more suspension time to your license.
An attorney can attempt to mitigate these penalties by both the court and PennDOT. If there is any defense or justification for your driving with a suspended license, your attorney will ensure this is clearly presented in court so that you can hopefully avoid the significant consequences.
Call The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today to schedule an entirely free consultation with one of our traffic attorneys.This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.