No matter what the situation is, you could simply be driving up the street for a cigarette or doing something as harmless as taking your child to school but if you are driving there are certain rules that must be followed. Unfortunately, no matter how innocent the reason, I wouldn’t do it without a valid driver’s license if I were you. There are only so many times you can get in a car with your license suspended, without accidentally violating a traffic infraction. And what about the event that you’re driving perfectly, and someone runs into you, causing a fender bender that requires police presence?
Getting pulled over while having a suspended license seems like no big deal at first, you think maybe you just pay fines and get your license back. This is not always the case. In some states, if your license is suspended and you get pulled over, you automatically go to jail. In other states, they will give you a few warnings before labeling you a “habitual offender” and putting you in handcuffs. This is where the big problems come in. Habitually driving while your license is suspended or revoked can be a felony offense! Can you imagine getting a felony for simply taking your daughter to school? I know the education of your child is extremely important but is it worth it in that situation? The handcuffs, the court dates, the fees?
There are programs in place to help people get their licenses back if they don’t have one. In most states, they will give you a temporary driving pass to go to work and come home. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of joining a program, there are attorneys that can be hired to settle most of your debts in order to regain your driving privileges. After not paying your tickets and fines on time, they are likely to have gained a bit of interest. Making it even more of a task to regain your license by yourself. Attorneys have enough knowledge of the law to negotiate on your behalf or even have debts wiped free from your record, allowing you an easier path back to the free road. Should you or someone you know have an open case for driving with a suspended license, be sure to contact a Decatur criminal lawyer defense in your area to see what your options are regarding the charge and possibly having your driver’s license reinstated.
Thanks to Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. for their insight into criminal law and driving with a suspended license.