Charged with driving on a suspended license?
Driving with a suspended license is considered a serious moving violation. If you are aware that your license is suspended and you take to the streets, it is considered a criminal traffic violation. If you were driving without knowledge as to your license status it is considered a civil traffic violation. Since driving with knowledge of license suspension is considered a criminal infraction, you will have to make a court appearance. In the state of Illinois, if you are arrested for a DUI and do not plead “not guilty” in court, your license will be automatically suspended 46 days from your arrest. If you are pulled over while driving with a suspended license, you may be charged with a felony. This could result in mandatory jail time. If you have been arrested for driving while your license was suspended, speak with a Chicago criminal defense attorney, with stiff penalties as the alternative, it is strongly advised that you act quickly.
If you are being charged with Driving While License Suspended without Knowledge, it is a civil infraction and considered a moving violation. A conviction may affect your ability to use your driving privileges as well as add three points to your driving record causing insurance rates to skyrocket. Many times people are unaware of the harsh penalties attendant to driving without a license. They make the false assumption that if they are caught, it will not be considered a serious crime. Often, they will think the odds of getting caught are slim and that it is worth the risk, not realizing that the risk may be far more than what they had imagined. The reality is that harsh penalties such as jail time often accompany driving with a suspended license.
Traffic Defense Attorney in Chicago
You may have a suspended license and need help in getting your ability to drive reinstated. Each of these circumstances requires a knowledgeable lawyer who can work within the system to assist you. The alternatives are grim; relying on friends and family, or risking your future ability to drive by violating the law and driving without a license, which can make the situation even more dangerous. The fine for driving with a suspended license may be $1,000 for a first time offender and your license may be suspended for 90 days or for an indefinite period of time, depending on the circumstances of your case. By working with the skilled Chicago DUI attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege, you may be able to get your case dismissed or reduce the charges, depending upon the evidence involved. Call before it is too late.
Contact a Chicago criminal attorney from the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege for skilled and effective legal representation in suspended license cases.