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Driving With a Suspended License in Sacramento

Most people have been pulled over at some point for some kind of traffic violation. Well, some people are ready to pay the fine right away, while others are looking for an attorney to speak on their behalf and there are those who are looking to make sure that the case will continue until they will have the money to pay the fines. But, what happens if you cannot find the money to pay the fine or perhaps hire a qualified legal representative? After all, people these days are always busy and constantly in a rush, trying to deal with their issues and problems at work, so not all of us have the time or the money to pay such fines as quickly as possible.

California DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) is stating that the suspension of one’s driving privileges implies that you will be unable to drive and your license will not be valid and this can happen for a number of reasons: for instance, should you fail to appear in court after you have received a traffic citation or if you did not pay the fine for failing to appear in court or if you do not have the proof of car insurance or even if you have failed to pay the necessary child support payments. Furthermore, if you were caught operating your vehicle while intoxicated or physically and mentally in a condition that does not allow you to drive safely, expect to lose your driving privileges for a long time.

With that said, not that long ago a study appeared that demonstrated that nearly one in six people who lost their driving privileges did so because they could not pay the expensive fines, and the situation does not help the state either. After all, nearly four million people were unable to find the money to pay for increasing fines. And, of course, poor people will be pressed even deeper into poverty, while the state does not get any money from them wither. It is a no win situation for everyone – that much is certain.

A suspended license may well cost a person his or her job, driving people into poverty. After all, not everyone has the possibility of utilizing local transport systems. Furthermore, the suspension of driving privileges does not only affect a person’s job – people’s credit ratings will be affected as well. In addition, if you have failed to pay the fines initially, you need to pay them in full prior to initializing a court hearing to reinstate your driver’s license, which also poses a huge problem for people these days.

When it comes to driving with a suspended license, the prosecution will need to prove that you were actually operating your vehicle knowingly and that you were well-aware of the fact that your license was suspended. Penalties for driving with a suspended license also vary from imprisonment in county jail for a couple of days and up to genuinely expensive fines for multiple infractions – thousands of dollars from your very own pocket. Your license may also be suspended for a different period of time – from 30 days all the way up to a year, if the offense was serious enough.

One way or the other, if you or your loved ones were charged with driving with a suspended license, it would be best and highly advisable to get in touch with a qualified Sacramento DUI lawyer who will help you make the most from the scenario. That way, you will be able to get all the legal help and support you need to ensure that your license is reinstated.

John Williams, ESQ
The Sacramento DUI Specialists