Depending on the offense, the Virginia DMV and the courts may either suspend or revoke a driver’s license. Your license can be suspended because of a criminal charge such as reckless driving or driving under the influence (DUI). But you can also be suspended because you forgot to pay a fine, a medical condition that affects your driving, or accruing too many points on your driving record. The Virginia DMV typically notifies motorists when their driving privileges have been suspended.
The Consequences of Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License
Pursuant to Virginia Code 46.2-301, driving on a suspended license is a class 1 misdemeanor crime, in the same classification of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Penalties include up to a year in jail and/or a maximum fine of $2,500, and a suspension of your license for the same period for which it had been previously suspended or revoked.
A conviction may also allow the state to impound your vehicle, and you’ll have to pay the costs to impound and store your car before it will be released.
There are defenses to DOS. Contact Dua Law Firm to assess your defenses.
A suspension of your driving privileges can happen when you:
- Drive with a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit, or refuse to take a breathalyzer test after you are arrested for a DUI
- Get convicted of reckless driving
- Accrue too many points on your driving’s license for traffic violations
- Forget and/or fail to pay court fines, child support, jail fees, or a judgment against you for a car wreck
- Drive without auto insurance or fail to pay the uninsured motor vehicle fee
We advocate on your behalf
Clearly, this is a serious offense with major repercussions on your privilege to drive a motor vehicle. In many cases, Virginia drivers do not realize that their license has been suspended, and therefore are shocked when they are charged with driving on a revoked or suspended license. We are experienced in handling these types of cases and can advocate on your behalf, and protect your rights.
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