driving with a suspended license

Having a driver’s license makes life considerably easier and in some parts of California, the ability to drive is a key component of survival since there’s no form of public transportation. However, there are times when the State of California can decide to suspend your license.

How a Driver’s License Becomes Suspended

It’s a great deal easier to have your drivers license suspended than you might think. Things that can result in to the state revoking your driving privileges include:

  • Unpaid tickets
  • Driving while under the influence
  • Being declared physically or mentally incapable of driving
  • Having too many points on your driving record

California Vehicle Code 14601 VC not only deals with the various reasons why a license can be suspended, but also the consequences connected to continuing to drive despite the fact you’ve lost your license.

What Happens if You Continue to Drive

It’s easy to understand the urge to drive despite the fact that your license is suspended. No one is going to know as long as you don’t get pulled over and driving means you don’t have to walk or beg a friend for a ride.

The thing you have to remember is that if you are caught driving on a suspended license you’ll face severe consequences.

Penalties for Driving Without a License in California

  • (First Offense): Imprisonment for between 5 days and 6 months; $300-$1000 fine.
  • (Subsequent Offense): Imprisonment for between 10 days and 1 year; $500-$2000 fine.

Vehicle Code 14601 VC states that when you’re caught driving on a suspended license, the local prosecutor will charge you with a misdemeanor, a charge that can be a serious blow, especially if you’re trying to get a job or lease a new apartment.
The exact penalty connected to your decision to drive while your license is suspended depends on a few different variables, including:

  • Why your license was suspended in the first place
  • How many times you’ve been caught driving on a suspended license
  • The traffic infraction that led to you being pulled over and the officer discovering the status of your license

It’s not uncommon for a person who has been caught driving on a suspended license to spend time in the county jail and to also be issued some heavy fines.

In addition to facing legal problems when you’re caught driving on a suspended license, you’ll also have a difficult time registering your vehicle (which increases the odds of you getting pulled over and caught) and insuring your vehicle. The lack of insurance and license means that you’ll be on the wrong side of a lawsuit should you cause an accident.