Section 14601 of California Vehicle Code lists violations for driving while your driver’s license is suspended or revoked. There are only two elements that a prosecutor must prove in order to convict you of driving on a suspended or revoked license: that you drove while your California driver’s license was suspended or revoked, and that you knew your California driver’s license was suspended or revoked at the time.
Your privilege to drive may be suspended or revoked for a variety of reasons, such as reckless driving, a DUI conviction, alcohol and/or drug abuse, a mental and/or physical disability that prevents you from driving safely, being declared a “negligent” operator, or a Habitual Traffic Offender, refusing to submit to a California DUI chemical blood, breath, or urine test, suffering a California DUI while under 21 years of age, or when you have either outstanding fines or a warrant for your arrest.
The punishment for any of these offenses may include probation, jail time, and/or substantial fines. Your punishment or penalties in any given case depends on the reason your license was suspended, whether you suffered prior convictions for driving with a suspended license, and your overall driving history.
We understand that your driving privilege is extremely important to you, especially in Southern California. At RAAB | MAHONEY, we aggressively defend clients charged with driving on a suspended license to obtain a dismissal, a successful trial result, or a favorable plea.