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What can happen if I drive with a suspended license?

The suspension or the loss of driving privileges is not only an inconvenience, it can be a significant hardship. Whether it is getting to work, the grocery store, or the children to school, doing anything without a driver’s license makes routine daily tasks a challenge. While it may be tempting to operate a motor vehicle when your driver’s license is suspended, the consequences of getting caught are significant. In both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the operation of a motor vehicle by a person whose driver’s license is suspended, revoked, recalled or expired is a violation of the Traffic Code and will result in the imposition of mandatory penalties including a further suspension or revocation of driving privileges, fines and frequently incarceration. In addition, if you operate a motor vehicle without valid operating privileges, and you are involved in an accident, even if the accident is not your fault, and someone is injured, including your passengers, you will be charged with a crime. Under those circumstances, not only will you be facing a further suspension, fines and the certainty of going to jail, you will suffer the collateral consequences which are associated with being a convicted criminal including the inability to have the criminal offense expunged from your record for many years, if ever, and suffering the loss of privileges which are enjoyed by people who are not convicted criminals – such as losing the right to vote, being barred from military service and being terminated from your job. So, if you have any thoughts of driving your vehicle while your driver’s license is suspended, think again. If you find yourself in a predicament with your driver’s license, please contact us at wwgrlaw.com and receive a consultation from experienced attorneys to discuss your options.

 

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