There is no greater thrill for a sixteen year old than taking the driver’s test, and passing! A driver’s license brings with a certain amount of freedom, and that is something all of us can crave. But if you have had too many tickets, been convicted of a DUI, or committed some other act that has caused the State to take away your right to drive, you have to be extra careful. Until it happens to you, you might not think you’d ever sit down behind the wheel of a car without a license, but it does happen.
Three types of driver’s licenses that can get you in trouble with the law are
- A suspended license.
- A revoked license.
- An expired license.
Your license might get either suspended or revoked if you are charged with DUI or have accumulated too many points on your driving record. In those instances, there are alternatives, but if you do not avail yourself of those alternatives and decide instead to drive without a valid license, you can end up in more trouble than just the DUI or having too many tickets. In the case of a DUI you can ask for a limited right to drive, and the good news for most first time offenders is that this request is granted. The trick is to make the request on time, because if you miss the deadline you miss your chance. A trickier type of license is the expired license. It is not unheard of to forget to renew on time, or simply not even be aware your license has expired. It is a good idea to keep track of when your driver’s license is set to expire, and make a plan well in advance of that date to go get it renewed. If you do not and are caught driving, you will face penalties. If that happens, give our office a call. We can help with all sorts of driver’s license issues, and help keep you on the road lawfully. We know how important it is to be able to drive, and work hard to help you maintain your driving privileges.
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In order to take the wheel of a car you have to have a driver’s license. But not everyone is able to pass the test, or perhaps your license has been suspended and you still need to get around so you take a chance and drive yourself to work or school. In instance, driving without a license or driving while your license is suspended, you can be convicted of a crime and face potential jail time. There are a few things you need to know about these kinds of cases, including how to defend them and how you might find yourself in a tight spot for driving when you are not supposed to be driving.
One way to wind up without a driver’s license is to simply never take the driver’s test, in that instance your crime is driving without a license if you go ahead and turn the key in the ignition. A second way to find yourself without a license is by being arrested for DUI, where your license will be suspended. Here’s the difference, and two ways you can land in jail for driving without a license:
- If you never obtained a driver’s license and drive anyway, you face misdemeanor charges if you are caught. The possibility of going to jail for this type of violation is slim, and even if you are sentenced to a term of incarceration, the amount of time will be relatively short.
- If you are arrested for DUI, it is likely your license will be suspended. You can challenge this suspension, but if you do not do so timely then you will not be allowed to drive. If you are caught driving while your license is suspended, depending on how many times this has happened in the past, you could face felony charges.
The key is to avoiding facing any charges is to take the steps necessary to protect your right to drive. You can do this by challenging traffic tickets, which may seem minor but the more you rack up the more likely you will be classified as a habitual traffic offender. Once you are on that list, further violations are taken more seriously. Another way to protect your right to drive is to seek aggressive representation if you are charged with more serious driving infractions, such as reckless driving or a DUI. We have experience in all types of traffic and DUI cases, and will come up with an approach that fits the facts of your case. Call us today to find out more and learn what to do next if you have received a traffic ticket, had your license suspended, or been arrested for DUI.
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The ability to drive is an important one, without a driver’s license it is difficult to get where you need to go. There are a few instances that might put your driving privileges in jeopardy, including a DUI conviction or the accumulation of too many points on your driving record. To maintain your right to drive, make sure you take an assertive stance when defending the charges against you.
The first thing you should do when charged with a traffic violation, or DUI, is contact an attorney that will properly defend you. Some traffic charges, and all DUI cases involve the possibility that your driving privileges will be revoked. In the case of a DUI matter, you are on a strict timeline to request your ability to drive not be revoked. The procedure for obtaining a modified license includes:
● Appealing the decision to revoke your license.
● Request a modified license in order to allow you to drive to and from work, or to and from school.
You can also obtain a limited license that allows you to drive to medical appointments, and to Church. You must timely request a modified license, after an offense that leads to the revocation. If you fail to do so, you will not be allowed to ask later for a modification to the suspension of your driving privileges. An experienced criminal defense attorney is familiar with the rules and procedures for seeking modified licenses, so you can legally take the road. The danger of driving on a suspended license without getting a modification is that if you are pulled over, you face not only the original charges but also new charges. These charges quickly add up and can result in harsh penalties.
If you have received a traffic ticket, call our office to learn your options on how to maintain your driving privileges. Schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.