Operating After Suspension or Revocation

Operating After a Suspension/Revocation

Washington D.C. Criminal Defense Attorney

In Washington D.C., drivers who have lost their license can be subject to further suspensions, revocation, or punishments if they continue to illegally operate a motor vehicle. While a license suspension or revocation is an administrative penalty, driving without a valid license can be a criminal offense. A conviction can be punished by time in prison, fines, and can drastically affect future employment opportunities. At Hunter & Johnson, PLLC, we understand the aftermath of any criminal charge has the potential to affect your livelihood and we can fight to protect your reputation. Our Washington D.C. criminal defense attorneys have trial-tested experience and know how to secure reduced charges and acquittals.


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Charges for Operating After a Suspension

Typically, a conviction for operating after suspension or revocation is punishable by up to one year in jail and fines of approximately $1000. Drivers may also be subject to further suspensions or revocation depending on the seriousness of the incident. Every case involving criminal traffic violations will be different and the charges against defendants will vary depending on the specific circumstances of the alleged incident. In some cases, defendants may also be charged with attempted operation after suspension or revocation which can generally be punishable by up to 180 days in jail and fines of up to $1000.

A license suspension can occur for various reasons and it is possible that a driver might not have knowledge of the occurrence. In Washington D.C, driving a vehicle with a suspended or revoked license is a strict liability offense. This means that a driver can be charged even if they had no knowledge that their license was suspended or revoked. The prosecution must only prove that you did not possess a valid license at the time when you were in control of the vehicle. If you have questions regarding the charges against you, do not hesitate to contact our firm.

Reasons for a license suspension can include:

  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Accumulation of more than 10 points
  • Driving more than 30 mph over the speed limit
  • Failing to pay traffic citations
  • Driving without the legally required vehicle insurance

Reinstatement of a Drivers’ License

The suspension of a driver’s license can last for a period of up to 3 months. A revocation typically lasts for a minimum of 6 months and can extend past 2 years such as in cases where a driver has a prior offense. The reinstatement process does not happen automatically after and a driver must also meet specific requirements to apply for the reinstatement of their drivers’ license. Requirements for reinstatement vary according to the reasons for the initial suspension and can include traffic school, reinstatement fees, and insurance requirements. It is imperative that drivers ensure that this process is completed before continuing to operate a vehicle. Failure to do so can result in charges of operating after suspension even though the time period for the suspension has passed.

Client Focused Criminal Defense

If you are facing criminal charges stemming from an occurrence of operation after suspension or revocation, it is vital to contact our Washington D.C. criminal defense attorneys. At Hunter & Johnson, PLLC, our lawyers are highly knowledgeable of the charges and circumstances surrounding traffic violations and will do everything in our power to build a defense that maximizes your chances of a desirable outcome. The legal system can be tremendously confusing which is why our firm provides clients with straightforward legal advice so that you always know what is happening with your case. No matter how complex the charges against you are, we can fight for you.

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