Being stopped for driving while your license is suspended or revoked (DWLS) can result in an arrest, jail, and further suspensions of your driver’s license.
If you receive any combination of 3 convictions for DWLS, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, or driving under the influence, the DMV will declare you a “Habitual Traffic Offender” and issue a 5-year suspension of your driver’s license.
An attorney may be able to have a Driving While License Suspended charge reduced to a “No Valid Driver’s License” (NVDL) offense that won’t count towards the three strikes referenced above. Depending on the reason for the stop of your vehicle, a well-argued motion in court may even result in the charge being dismissed entirely.
A ticket for DWLS may be written as a traffic infraction (if you didn’t have knowledge of the suspension) or a criminal offense (if charged with knowledge). The State can proceed on the criminal charge using either actual knowledge of the suspension (you told the officer at the scene that you knew your license was suspended) or constructive knowledge (the DMV mailed notice to the address on your license).
Saving your driver’s license should be a primary concern to avoid future problems with law enforcement. Even past convictions, such as those where you didn’t have an attorney, may be subject to reversal by filing the right motions with the court.
To discuss options concerning your Driving While License Suspended charge, make an appointment with Blaine today.