What to Do After Being Charged with Driving With a Suspended License
If you are caught driving on a suspended license, you face some severe penalties in addition to the penalties for whatever you were pulled over for. Common penalties for driving with a suspended license include significant fines, possible jail time, added time to your license suspension, a possible felony charge, greater scrutiny when it comes time to reinstate your license and more.
However, there are a few possible strategies that you can employ to fight against these charges and avoid the stiff penalties. These include:
- Unaware of suspension. While this is a tenuous defense, it is possible that you were not properly informed that your license was suspended. You would need to be able to prove that the court had not issued a suspension notice to you. You could also be under the impression that your suspension had ended.
- License not actually suspended. It is possible that there could be some kind of mix up, and that your license was not actually suspended at the time you were charged with the crime. In this case, you can work with your attorney to prove this to the court and have your case dismissed.
- You were driving in an emergency situation. Courts may be willing to dismiss your case if you can prove that you were behind the wheel with a suspended license in an emergency situation. If, for example, you needed to rush someone to the hospital, there’s a decent chance that courts will be willing to forgive you for driving on a suspended license.
These are just a few of the potential defense strategies that are available to you when you are accused of driving with a suspended license. For further information and guidance, work with a skilled Tampa criminal defense attorney at the Matassini Law Firm, P.A. To schedule a free initial consultation, call us at 813.379.2007 or contact us online today.