We tend to take our driving privilege for granted up until we lose them.
Your driver’s license can be suspended for a number of reasons,
such as having too many points on your DMV record, being convicted of
a DUI, or failing to appear in court. This can be an extreme inconvenience
for most people, so some choose to simply ignore that their license has
been suspended and drive anyway. But what happens if you are caught doing
that? Let’s look further at the consequences of doing so.
If you drive with a suspended license due to a criminal conviction, you
will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a jail sentence
of up to a year and a fine of up to $5,000. However, if you have a suspended
license and injure someone while operating your vehicle, you will be charged
with a Class D felony, which carries between six months and three years
in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 as consequences.
In addition to the criminal charges, driving with a suspended license will
further extend your license suspension. For minor offenses (usually misdemeanors)
you will likely receive at least an additional 90 days, but a judge can
add up to another two years at their discretion, usually dependent on
the circumstances of your case.
Reinstating Your License
Some people are unaware that the end of your suspension period does not
necessarily mean that you are free to start driving again. Before you
can get back behind the wheel, you will need to have your license reinstated
at your local BMV office by completing any additional requirements and
paying the reinstatement fee. The exact fee will vary based on the reason
for your suspension, and how many times your license has been suspended
in the past.
If you are facing charges of driving on a suspended license, consult a
Noblesville criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible and allow them
to help you through your case. At
Baldwin, Kyle, & Kamish, P.C., Our attorneys have over 55 years of combined experience and have handled
numerous license suspension affairs. We are proud to have the only two
attorneys in the state of Indiana to be named Board Certified Criminal
Law Specialists by the National Board of Trial Advocacy on our staff,
which demonstrates our dedication to superior client service and exceptional
skill both in and out of the courtroom.
Retain high-quality representation for your case! Call Baldwin, Kyle, Kamish,
P.C. today by calling (888) 988-5659 to schedule your
free initial consultation!