It is important to understand the difference between a suspended license and a revoked license if you find yourself in trouble for certain types of traffic violations. The more serious your violation is, the more serious the penalties can be.
A revoked license is not the same thing as a suspended license. While a revoked license is permanent hardship, a suspended license is a temporary.
What Is a Suspended Driver’s License?
Having your driver’s license suspended means that you are not permitted to operate any motor vehicle for a certain amount of time. In other words, you cannot legally drive with a suspended license.
There are two types of suspended licenses:
- Definite Suspension – this is a situation where the suspension of your license will automatically end once the suspension period ends and you have paid the necessary suspension termination fees (exact amount differs depending on the state you live in).
- Indefinite Suspension – this is a case where your license will remain suspended until you take certain action, such as paying for a traffic ticket, back child support or taxes. You license can also be indefinitely suspended in certain states due to a medical condition that makes you a danger on the road.
Depending on the state you live, your license may be suspended for various reasons, including but not limited to:
- Alcohol or drug-related moving violations
- Driving without liability insurance
- Receiving too many traffic tickets
- What Is a Revoked Driver’s License?
A revoked driver’s license means that your license has been fully canceled and you are not allowed to get it reinstated. In order to get a driver’s license again, you will have to seek approval from your state’s Department of Motor Vehicle, pay the applicable penalties, and go through the state licensing process again (generally involving a written and road test). If you meet all of these requirements, a new license will be issued instead of your old one being reinstated.
Some common reasons for revocation of a driver’s license include:
- Driving without insurance
- Being convicted of a serious traffic offense
- Failing a DMV road test
- Making a false statement on a driver’s license or car registration application form
Contact an Experienced Suspended Driver’s License Defense Attorney
The Central Valley suspended driver’s license defense attorneys at the Srai Law Office provide can help you if you are facing criminal charges for driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our driving after suspension or revocation charges defense attorneys, please call us at (209) 323-5558, or complete our online form.