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Driving with Suspended License Chico CA
In the state of California, driving is a privilege and it may be taken away, depending upon the circumstances. This can be a real difficulty, especially if it is necessary for you to care for your family, get to work or to take care of your children. Many individuals with a suspended license continue to drive and this can result in criminal charges of driving while license suspended. If you find yourself in this situation, it is important for you to contact Williams & Javellana, LLP for assistance. We can defend your case and do what is necessary to reduce the charges or have them dropped, when possible.
The charge of driving with suspended license in CA is one that is considered to be a misdemeanor. The charges for doing so may vary, depending upon the circumstances. If this is the first time that you are charged with driving during the time that your license is suspended, you could be facing jail time of up to six months and a fine of up to 1000 dollars. Any additional convictions, especially if they occur within 5 years of the prior conviction could result in additional jail time and fines. In those cases, the time of incarceration may be up to one year and the fine, up to 2000 dollars. It is easy to see why you should contact Williams & Javellana, LLP for assistance, if you have been charged with this crime.
What to do if You are Driving with a Suspended License In California
There are a number of different reasons why you may have your driver’s license suspended and in some instances, this may affect your case. At times, you may have your license revoked or suspended because you have too many points on your driver’s record California Vehicle Code §14601.3 VC. This is punishable by a mandatory minimum of 30 days in jail and a $1,000 dollar fine on your first conviction.
If you have a warrant for your arrest, or if you have not paid traffic tickets or child support, you may also be facing the possibility of having your license suspended. That will be a violation of California Vehicle Code §14601.1 VC. This is punishable by up to six months in jail.
Another common reason why you may have lost your license temporarily is because of a DUI conviction California Vehicle Code §14601.2VC. This has a mandatory minimum of 10 days in jail and up to 1 year in jail. Furthermore, you will have to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle for up to 3 years.
If you refused to submit to a chemical test and are caught driving on a suspended license you can be charged with a violation of California Vehicle Code §14601.5 VC. This has a jail sentence up to six months.
It is important to understand, there is a difference between driving with an expired license and driving with one that is been suspended. If your driver’s license has expired, you are still guilty of a criminal act if you are operating a motor vehicle under California Vehicle Code §12500 VC. It is considered to be much more severe, however, if you are driving with a suspended license. It is important for you to discuss these details with Williams & Javellana, LLP when you find yourself in this situation.
There are certain legal defenses which could assist you if you are arrested with driving with suspended license. This could include being charged with the crime when you were unaware of the fact that your license had been suspended or revoked. In some cases, it may also be proven that the suspension of your license was invalid. These are things that Williams & Javellana, LLP will consider in your case to ensure that if possible, your charges are reduced or dismissed.
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