Are you facing the possibility of having your driving license suspended? It may not seem like a big deal to drive without a license. However, it could affect your freedom and the ability to regain your legal driving privileges.
There are all sorts of reasons people end up losing their driving privileges, such as too many traffic tickets, unpaid parking citations, DUIs and more. There are a number of ways that driving with a suspended license can affect you.
The cost of driving on a suspended license
Regardless of how good of a driver you normally are, the minute law enforcement catches you operating a vehicle without a license, you will be subject to criminal prosecution. You could end up with a criminal record if the courts convict you of the offense. A conviction can lead to:
- Time in jail
- Fines and court fees
- Mandatory attendance in a driving education course
- Community service sentence
If you were already on probation for another criminal offense, your probation officer might consider driving without a valid license as a violation that voids the agreement. This may mean you have to complete the original sentence you were facing.
If you have a prior criminal history, you could end up facing additional misdemeanor and felony charges. There is also the possibility that you will not qualify to have your driving privileges reinstated.
Then there is the financial aspect. Insurers charge higher rates to individuals who have lost their driving privileges.
It can be worth your time, energy and money to fight a traffic ticket. You probably don't want to end up using public transportation and relying on others to get around.