Roanoke Criminal Defense Attorney Understands the Severity of Being Charged With Driving Under a Suspended or Revoked License

Driving with a suspended or revoked license is one of the most serious traffic offenses that can be committed in Virginia, second only to DUI/DWI with a relatively high blood alcohol content. Driving on a revoked or suspended license is classified as a Class 1 Misdemeanor punishable by up to twelve (12) months in jail and/or a fine of up to $2500, either or both for a first offense. A third (3rd) or subsequent offense within a 10 year period shall include a mandatory term of confinement in jail of 10 days. In addition, the court shall suspend the person's license or privilege for the same period for which it had been previously suspended or revoked. A conviction will result in a criminal record one classification short of a felony offense.

Defenses

A person charged with driving under a suspended or revoked license may have certain defenses available to them, including:

  • Their license wasn't actually suspended
  • They weren't given proper notice of the suspension
  • The police officer didn't have a legal reason to make the stop

We Can Help

If you have been charged with driving under a revoked or suspended license, an experienced criminal defense lawyer such as Robert F. Rider of Roanoke may be able to help you avoid jail time, get your license back, and even have the charge delayed or dismissed. Robert F. Rider has an understanding of:

  • Statutory notice requirements
  • The proof necessary to establish restricted license professions
  • The differences between a serious case with likely jail time from a relatively minor offense
  • The requirements that relate to license reinstatement
  • The differences in license suspension requirements
  • The impact your driving record will likely have on your case

If you're facing a charge of driving with a suspended or revoked license in Virginia, Roanoke Attorney Robert F. Rider is ready to help protect your rights. Contact our firm online or call 540-685-0075 to schedule a confidential meeting today.