There are several reasons your driver’s license could be suspended and if you drive on a suspended license, you could face serious consequences.
Reasons for suspension
One of the most common reasons a driver’s license is suspended is for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Because these actions can cause harm to other drivers and passengers on the road, you may not be allowed to drive again until you have met certain conditions. These can include fines and completion of a driver education program.
Your license can also be suspended for repeated traffic violations and reckless driving, which includes road rage, speeding and aggressive driving. Similarly, if you cause a serious accident and leave the scene, also known as a hit and run, or cause injury or death to another person, your license may be suspended.
If you do not have car insurance, your license may also be suspended until your insurance is up to date.
Driving on a suspended license
Generally, a first offense of driving on a suspended license is a misdemeanor but it can carry a fine and the possibility of jail time, with additional penalties for a second offense or more.
If your license was suspended because you were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you may face more severe penalties. You may have to serve mandatory jail time.
If you continue to drive with a suspended license, your license could be revoked entirely. This can limit your job prospects and your ability to participate in the community.