What is Driving While Suspended?
Driving While Suspended is just what it sounds like, driving a vehicle while having a suspended license. An individual caught driving on a suspended license may face an infraction or criminal charge. Commonly first time offenders will only face an infraction for this offense. Indiana Code 9-24-19-1) provides that a “person who operates a motor vehicle upon a highway while the person’s driving privilege, license, or permit is suspended or revoked commits a Class A infraction.”
Criminal Charges for Driving While Suspended:
Misdemeanor Driving While Suspended :
The Class A misdemeanor charge for driving on a suspended license carries a potential penalty of up to 1 year in jail and fines reaching $5,000.
Felony Driving While Suspended :
If during the operation of the vehicle, something happens (an auto accident, for instance) that causes injury to someone you could face a Level 6 Felony charge for driving on the suspension. This felony charge carries a potential sentence of 6 months to 2.5 years in prison and fines reaching $10,000.
In addition to jail or prison time and fines, you will face an extension of your license suspension. This additional suspension can add another 90 days to 2 years onto your suspension. The judge will determine exactly how much based on the specifics of your offense.
Driving While Suspended Criminal Defense Attorneys:
If you are charged with driving while suspended, it is important to seek experienced criminal attorney. A conviction for driving while suspended can have both immediate and long term consequences. If so, our criminal defense attorneys at Vanderpool Law Firm, PC can provide the tough legal representation you need. We have assisted numerous clients in Kosciusko, Wabash, Whitley, Fulton and several other counties. Give us a call or use our contact us form for a consultation today!