Written by attorney Michael Alan Pignone

Virginia Driver’s License Suspension

A person’s driver’s license can be suspended for any number of reasons. An experienced DUI attorney can prove invaluable when trying to preserve or regain your driving privileges.

A suspended driver’s license is not to be taken lightly. People may not realize just how inconvenient a suspended license is, or just how much it will affect every aspect of your life until they live it. Unfortunately, one of the greatest problems associated with having a suspended license is that it can be very tempting to drive on one; however, doing so would be a grave mistake.

If you are caught driving on a suspended license, you could face up to six months in jail, pay a heavy fine, and an additional license suspension. If you thought losing your driving privileges the first time was tough, being caught driving on a suspended license will make your life much more difficult.

If you were arrested for DUI, your license will initially be suspended for seven days. This suspension is called an administrative suspension. If you want to retain your driving privileges following a DUI arrest, you will have to take immediate action by having an attorney schedule a DMV hearing to challenge the suspension. You only have a certain number of days to request a DMV hearing following a DUI arrest, so you must move swiftly if you want to retain your right to drive.

Aside from a DUI arrest, there are a number of other reasons whey someone’s license can be suspended. The one very important thing to remember is that you should never drive on a suspended license. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for people to be driving on a suspended license without being aware of it, until it’s too late and they are pulled over by police officer on a traffic infraction. When this happens, they can be hauled off to jail. One would think that law enforcement would be more understanding when you tell them that you didn’t know your license was suspended, but a lot of times they simply won’t accept lack of knowledge as an excuse.

What are the reasons for a driver’s license suspension? A driver’s license can be suspended for the following reasons: driving without insurance, driving without a license, delinquent child support payments, arrest for driving on a suspended license, failure to pay traffic fines or court costs in a timely fashion, and multiple traffic tickets.

If you have been arrested for DUI, you can request a hearing to challenge any evidence and to explain to the reasons why you should retain your driving privileges. Driver’s license suspension is a complex area of law that can be very overwhelming to the average person. Having an experienced DUI lawyer by your side will afford you the best opportunity for retaining or regaining your driving privileges whether DUI was involved or not. Your attorney will have an intimate understanding of the law as it pertains to driver’s license suspension, and they will be able to use that knowledge to tailor the most efficient solution available to you. If you would like to be proactive about your situation, contact a Greensboro DUI lawyer without delay!

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The Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone is dedicated to protecting the rights of the residents of Fairfax, Fauquier & Prince William County. Over the years, their firm has helped countless clients receive reduced penalties and they have helped get their charges dropped altogether. Whatever charges you are presently facing, they will work tirelessly to reduce the penalties that you face. If you want unwavering and dedicated counsel with experience, contact a DUI Greensboro lawyer from the firm to schedule an initial consultation at (703) 330-3200.

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