Your driver's license can be suspended for many different reasons, such as:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Accumulating too many points on your driving record
- Failing to appear in court
Getting charged with DUI is one of the most common reasons for your license to be suspended. This can make life extremely difficult and many people are tempted to drive even though their license is suspended.
Unfortunately, choosing to do so can make the penalties you've already been charged with seem small in comparison. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your suspended license, you may face additional punishments and criminal convictions.
What Prosecution Must Prove to Convict You
Driving on a suspended license is a different offense than driving without a license at all, but the details needed from prosecution to convict you are similar. It must be proven that at the time the charge was given, the alleged defendant was aware that he or she did not have a valid license.
How will I be penalized if I'm caught?
The state of Nevada upholds strict traffic laws that drivers are expected to obey. If you're pulled over while driving with a suspended license, the police officer will determine an appropriate charge.
The following penalties are common for driving with a suspended license:
- Misdemeanor conviction on your record
- Additional points added to your driving record
- Up to six months in jail
- Up to $1,000 in fines
Under almost any circumstances, the risk is not worth the reward. If you do have a suspended license, the best way to get around is to use public transportation or ride with other friends or family members. Law enforcement does not treat this infraction lightly.
Should you get arrested for driving with a suspended license, retain legal help immediately. Failing to fight your charges can be detrimental and may permanently impact your record in the long-run. At The Law Office of Chip Siegel, Esq., you'll be greeted with an advocate who truly cares about your case. I have numerous years of experience and am passionate about getting cases right the first time.
I understand how frightening it can be when you're facing additional charges. Contact my firm today to speak with a compassionate and talented Las Vegas criminal defense attorney.