If your driver’s license was suspended for DUI and you are caught driving, you may face a new criminal charge as well as penalties for violating your DUI probation.
Driving on a suspended license is always seen as a serious offense in Los Angeles. But when the license suspension is related to DUI, the penalties are even tougher. Unfortunately, this is a common situation for drivers who have been convicted of DUI, because all DUI sentences include a lengthy license suspension that often interferes with work and family obligations.
If you have been charged with driving on a suspended license, and the original suspension was for DUI, you face a double penalty. The first one is a criminal charge under California Vehicle Code 14601.2. The consequences of this charge include:
- Up to six months in jail
- Up to $1,000 in fines
- Additional probation time
- Potentially, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle
The second penalty is that driving on a suspended license counts as a violation of your DUI probation. You will have to go to a probation hearing before a judge. The judge may decide to send you to jail, extend your probation, or take other actions.
If you are accused of driving under the influence again while driving on a suspended license, the penalties are much more serious.
No matter what the circumstances, the best thing you can do for any of these violations is to speak to a good DUI defense lawyer. We can help. Let us connect you with an experienced Los Angeles DUI lawyer for FREE. Fill out the form to the right or call (310) 862-0199 and get a FREE consultation today.