Driving on a suspended or revoked license in Pennsylvania can have undesirable consequences, such as thousands of dollars in fines and/or jail time. If you find yourself facing a suspended or revoked license, contacting a criminal defense attorney in Philadelphia can help reduce the potentially life changing consequences.
Common Reasons for License Suspension or Revocation in Pennsylvania
There are several reasons your license may be suspended or revoked, most of which are preventable with mindful, safe, driving habits. These reasons include:
- DUIs – If your license has been suspended due to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and you are caught driving on that suspended license, you face stiffer consequences.
- Refusal to submit to a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) test.
- Accumulating too many points against your driver’s license.
- Non-compliance with insurance laws.
- Reckless Driving.
- Failure to renew.
When you find yourself facing possible suspension of your driver’s license, a criminal defense attorney in Philadelphia, such as William D. Schroeder, Jr., will provide sound legal advice and may even be able to prevent the loss of your driving privileges.
Consequences of Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License
In the event you are caught driving on a suspended or revoked license, you could face heavy fines and extended jail time, depending on the offense and your history. These penalties can include:
- DUI Offenses: If your license was suspended due to DUIs and you are caught driving, you can face a fine of $500 or more with jail time between 60 and 90 days, and additional suspension time for the first offense. Additional fines and jail time for subsequent violations could result in up to $5,000 in fines and no less than two years in jail.
- Non-DUI Offenses: When your license is suspended due to reasons other than DUIs, you can face fines between $200 and $1,000 and a jail sentence between six months discretionary and 30 days mandatory, depending on the number of offenses. Multiple offenses also lengthen the suspension.
If you find yourself facing these consequences, you have options to prevent or reduce these penalties. Your best course of action is to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney in Philadelphia.
William D. Schroeder, Jr., Attorney at Law, has over 30 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney and is dedicated to providing his clients with excellent results in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. For more information on the consequences of driving on a suspended license or to request a consultation, contact William D. Schroeder, Jr., Attorney at Law.
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