Is Driving With a Suspended License a Serious Charge?

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Your driver’s license might be suspended in North Dakota for a variety of reasons. If this happens, losing your driving privileges can be highly inconvenient or even costly, as you might have trouble getting to work and other obligations. Some people decide to drive anyway, assuming that they will not get caught or that driving on a suspended license is not a big deal. However, people can learn quickly that driving on a suspended license is a serious matter in our state.

Arrest and Charges

If you are stopped and a police officer learns your license has been suspended, the officer may arrest you on the spot. If no one is available to drive your vehicle, it can be impounded, and you will be responsible for the fees. Then, the prosecutor will likely issue criminal charges as follows:

  • Class B misdemeanor for a first, second, or third offense
  • Class A misdemeanor for a fourth or subsequent offense

These charges are not traffic tickets – they are criminal allegations. If you are convicted, you can face serious consequences.

Possible Penalties

The potential penalties for a conviction of driving with a suspended license might include:

  • For a Class B misdemeanor, you can face a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 30 days in jail
  • For a Class A misdemeanor, you can face a fine of up to $2,000 and up to one year in jail
  • If your license was suspended because of driving under the influence (DUI) or other specific charges, you might need to serve a four-day minimum jail sentence

As if costly fines and possible jail time or probation are not serious enough, your license can also be suspended for a longer period of time, prolonging the challenges you faced that caused you to drive without a license in the first place. In addition, a conviction will go on your permanent criminal record, which will show up in background checks and can impact your employment, housing, and more.

Consult with a Fargo Criminal Defense Lawyer as Soon as Possible

Many people believe that misdemeanor charges are not serious, though these convictions can have lasting effects. You want to have the right defense representation to prevent a conviction whenever possible and limit your consequences. Contact our experienced criminal defense attorney Tatum O’Brien by email, or call O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Attorneys at 701-235-8000 or toll-free at 877-235-8002, so we can evaluate your situation today.