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Driving on a suspended license

If you are charged with driving with a suspended license in Philly you will need a traffic lawyer. Driving with a suspended license is a serious criminal charge and you need someone whose law firm focuses on traffic related cases. A good traffic lawyer will consider how your license got suspended in the first place.

There are many things that can lead to a driver’s license suspension in Pennsylvania. There are also a few types of suspensions: court ordered and administrative.

Your license may have been suspended for:


• Hit and run

• Drug possession

• Racing

• Excessive Points

• Breath test refusal

• Underage drinking

The law surrounding the punishment for driving with a suspended license is varied and complicated. One thing is clear however, driving with a suspended license is a serious offense often resulting in large fines, additional suspension, probation and very often mandatory jail time. If you are cited for driving with a suspended license it is imperative that you speak with a lawyer that focuses on traffic law. You have a limited amount of time before your first hearing and your traffic lawyer needs to use that time to develop an appropriate defense or even plea with the prosecutor to reduced charges or a lighter sentence.

If you are convicted of operating a vehicle after being refused a license or with a suspended or revoked license due to excessive points you face up to 90 days in prison and a $200 fine and additional suspension time of at least one year. Subsequent offenses may land you in jail for up to a year, a $600 fine and an additional license suspension of at least two years. For each additional conviction an additional fine of $500 or 100 community service hours will be added and an additional 90 days will be applied.

If you are convicted of Operating vehicle when your license or right to operate is suspended for failing to appear in court, pay, or send in not a guilty plea for a motor vehicle infraction you face up to 90 days in prison and a $200 fine. If you are convicted of a second or more offenses under these circumstances you face up to one year in jail and a $600 fine.

If you are convicted of violating the driving requirements for 16- and 17-year olds, driving when under age 16 you can face up to a $90 fine and 30 days in jail. That is some serious consequences for a joy ride.

Regardless of why your license was suspended or what type of suspension it was, you are not allowed to drive and face additional charges if caught.

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