Driving with a Suspended License (Vehicle Code section 14601) is a serious offense punishable by both fines and jail time. Vehicle Code section 14601 (a), states: "(a) No person shall drive a motor vehicle at any time when that person’s driving privilege is suspended or revoked... ...if the person so driving has knowledge of the suspension or revocation. Knowledge shall be conclusively presumed if mailed notice has been given by the department to the person."
If your license has been suspended on a DUI conviction in Los Angeles and you are later caught driving during this suspension, there are several legal repercussions you have to worry about. The minimum penalty for driving on a suspended license in Los Angeles under these circumstances is ten days jail time – this is even if you served no jail time at all for the initial Los Angeles DUI conviction. Because of this harsh sentencing, and the definite complexities of such a case, you must retain the services of a skilled Los Angeles DUI defense attorney right away. Only a professional Los Angeles DUI lawyer can properly evaluate your case and provide relevant advice and options based upon your unique situation.
It’s important to note that if you’ve been charged with driving on a suspended license, any prior convictions may count against you if you are found guilty. This means that when you are sentenced, any prior DUI convictions will be factored in, not just the current infraction. If you have multiple DUI convictions in Los Angeles, this can increase your jail time up to six months and invoke fines up to $1000. Additionally, you run the risk of having your car impounded as well, further complicating matters if you only have one vehicle for your family’s use. However, there are alternatives, and an experienced Los Angeles DUI attorney will be familiar with these alternatives and how they apply to your case. It’s important to contact a professional Los Angeles DUI attorney as soon as possible when you are charged with driving with a suspended license, because you will need their expertise in order to ensure the best outcome for your Los Angeles DUI case.
These penalties are codified under Vehicel Code sections 14601 (b) and (c), which state: A person convicted under this section shall be punished as follows:
"(1) Upon a first conviction, by imprisonment in a county jail for not less than five days or more than six months and by a fine of not less than three hundred dollars ($300) or more than one thousand dollars ($1,000).
(2) If the offense occurred within five years of a prior offense that resulted in a conviction of a violation of this section or Section 14601.1, 14601.2, or 14601.5, by imprisonment in a county jail for not less than 10 days or more than one year and by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500) or more than two thousand dollars ($2,000).
(c) If the offense occurred within five years of a prior offense that resulted in a conviction of a violation of this section or Section 14601.1, 14601.2, or 14601.5, and is granted probation, the court shall impose as a condition of probation that the person be confined in a county jail for at least 10 days."
If you’ve been arrested for driving with a suspended license, let our experienced Los Angeles DUI law firm assist you with your case. We offer expertise in the field of Los Angeles DUI law, as well as continual support for your case from start to finish. We will handle the complexities of the law, while working to get you the best result possible in the Los Angeles court system.
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