Driving on a Suspended License – Vehicle Code Section 14601.
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California Vehicle Code Section 14601 makes it illegal to drive if you know your license is suspended. These crimes are misdemeanor crimes and subject you to significant fines and jail time.
In order to be convicted of driving on a suspended license in California the District Attorney’s Office must prove that you;
Simply sitting in a vehicle is not enough for the District Attorney to prove you were driving. There must be evidence that your vehicle moved, no matter how slight. Additionally, the prosecutor must prove that you had knowledge of your suspension. That knowledge can come in many ways, including:
It is up to your attorney to challenge the presumption of “knowledge.” If he is able to do so the case may be dismissed or greatly reduced, saving you thousands of dollars in fines and days in jail.
Let’s look at the different suspensions under Vehicle Code 14601.
Vehicle Code Section 14601(a) forbids you from driving any vehicle when you know the DMV has suspended your privilege to drive in California due to:
If you are notified by the DMV that your license is going to be suspended by the DMV for any mental/physical impairment, or because of a negligent operator suspension (generally because of too many points) we can help. Call us immediately at 916-546-8052.
The possible penalties for a first conviction of a violation of Vehicle Code Section 14601(a) are:
Vehicle Code Section 14601.1(a) is the section most often used to suspend or revote drivers licenses in California. It is used to suspend for “other” reasons not listed in Vehicle Code Sections 14601(a), 14601.2(a), 14601.5, or 14601.3.
The possible penalties for a violation of Vehicle Code Section 14601.1(a) include:
If the offense occurs within five years of a prior offense which resulted in a conviction of Vehicle Code 14601.1(a) or Section 14601, 14601.2, or 14601.5 the penalties include:
California Vehicle Code Section 14601.2(a) is charged when a person is accused of driving when they knew their license was suspended or revoked because of a DUI conviction.
The possible penalties for a violation of Vehicle Code Section 14601.2(2) include:
Unlike the other driving on suspended license sections of the California Vehicle Code, Vehicle Code Section 14601.3(a) prohibits you from habitually driving on a suspended or revoked license. You are declared a habitual traffic offender and a suspension/revocation is given under this section when your license was suspended or revoked during a period of twelve months when you were convicted or involved in any combination of the following offenses or accidents, which include:
The penalties for a first conviction of driving on a suspended/revoked license due to Vehicle Code Section 14601.3 are:
If convicted for a second violation of driving on a suspended/revoked license due to Vehicle Code Section 14601.3 are:
California Vehicle Code Section 14601.5 makes is a crime to drive when you know your license has been suspended for the following reasons:
If you or your loved one has been cited or arrested for driving on a suspended license, do not hesitate to contact us at 916-546-8052 immediately to discuss your case. Protect your rights and get the best possible outcome available. Our firm handles these cases all over California, including in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado, Sutter, San Joaquin, and Nevada Counties.
California DMV – Driving on a Suspended License – 14601
California DMV – Driving on a Suspended License – 14601.1(a)
California DMV – Driving on a Suspended License DUI Conviction– 14601.2
California DMV – Driving on a Suspended License Habitual Traffic Offender – 14601.3
California DMV – Driving on a Suspended License Refusal or Driving with Excess Blood Alcohol – 14601.5