California Suspended License Help

Has your California driver’s been license suspended? Are you trying to get your license in another state but not able to because California has a hold in the national registry? Most of the time this is a problem your Los Angeles criminal lawyer can help fix quickly at a very reasonable cost. In most situations, your lawyer can even reduce the monetary penalties from the amount the court is demanding for warrants or through collections. If you or someone you know needs assistance with regards to their suspended license, it is in your best interest to hire a Los Angeles criminal lawyer.

In California, your driver’s license can be suspended for a number of reasons, including:

  • Drunk driving (DUI) conviction
  • Prior DUI investigation, even if there was no conviction
  • Bench warrant
  • Medical reasons
  • Possession of drugs
  • Unpaid traffic violations
  • Failure to appear when summoned to court
  • Too many traffic violations or points
  • Failure to pay child support
  • Failure to pay civil judgments

If you are pulled over while driving with a suspended license, you can be charged with a criminal charge under California Vehicle Code 14601 et seq. It is imperative that you consult with a Los Angeles criminal lawyer as soon as possible to reinstate your license and prevent further problems.

California Vehicle Code 14601 et seq

Vehicle Code section 14601 makes it a misdemeanor to knowingly drive with a suspended or revoked license. The reasons your license was suspended or revoked will determine which section of VC 14601 you will be charged with.  Your Los Angeles criminal lawyer will provide you details with regards to each section.

VC 14601(a) – Driving Privilege Suspended/Revoked for Specific Offenses 

VC 14601(a) makes it illegal to drive any vehicle requiring a license when your license has been suspended or revoked as a result of:

  • Reckless driving
  • Negligent or incompetent operation of a vehicle
  • Any mental or physical impairment that prevent you from driving safely,
  • Alcohol or drug abuse.

If the DMV has mailed you a letter notifying you of the revocation or suspension of your driving privileges, it is imperative that you consult with a Los Angeles criminal lawyer as soon as possible to represent you at your DMV hearing.

VC 14601.1(a) – The “Umbrella” statute 

VC 14601.1(a) makes it a crime to drive any vehicle that requires a license to operate when your license has been suspended or revoked for any reason other than those listed in section 14601(a), 14601.2, or 14601.5.  This is one of the most commonly charged crimes in the State of California.   Thousands of people are charged with a crime every day in California for doing nothing more than trying to drive to the store to get gallon of milk for their children, or attempting to get to work and back.   This statute is most often charged in connection with a license that was suspended pursuant to a hold under VC 40509.5, triggering a suspension of driving privileges after failing to appear on a simple traffic citation.   Many people will face this charge without even understanding they needed to appear in the first place.  This charge can also apply when people attempt to resolve a traffic matter by mail unsuccessfully.   Simple misunderstandings can lead to jail.

VC 14601.2(a) – Suspended License due to a DUI 

VC 14601.2(a) is the most serious charge under VC 14601. If your California driving privilege are suspended or revoked due to a DUI conviction, you will be charged with a violation of VC 14601.2(a), carrying a minimum 10-day county jail sentence for a first offense, and a minimum 30-day county jail sentence for a second offense. If you are charged with this offense, it is in your best interest to immediately contact a Los Angeles criminal lawyer as the charge has serious, life-altering consequences.

VC 14601.5 – Suspended or Revoked License due to Refusal of BAC Test or DUI 

You will be charged with a violation of VC 14601.5 if you drove knowing you had a suspended or revoked license due to any of the following:

  • Refusal to submit to a California blood or breath test
  • Conviction of a DUI under 21 years of age when refusing to submit to a PAS or “Breathalyzer” test or having a BAC of .01% or higher
  • Refusing to submit to a PAS or “Breathalyzer” when suspected of a DUI and on probation for a DUI conviction
  • Driving with a BAC of .01% or higher while on probation for a prior DUI conviction
  • Driving with a BAC of .01% or higher while on probation for a prior DUI conviction
  • Driving with a BAC of .08% or higher in violation of VC 23152(b)
  • Driving with a BAC of .04% r higher in a vehicle requiring a commercial driver’s license

Let Us Help

If your California driving privileges has been suspended for any reason, it will negatively impact many aspects of your life and those who depend on you to drive them. Contacting a Los Angeles criminal lawyer at the Law Offices of Mark A. Gallagher is the best option to understand and prepare your case, as well as protect your legal rights.

If you have a California Driver’s License, you can enter that information online at the California DMV and obtain an unofficial copy of your driving record for $2 by following this link http://www.dmv.ca.gov/online/dr/welcome.htm.

Once you obtain your record, please email it to us at attorneygallagher@gmail.com or fax it to us at 714-680-9982.   We will then translate the document into English free of charge and with no obligation.   At the end of your free consultation you know exactly what needs to be done to fix your license.  If you are interested in retaining our services to address any issues we can provide a quote.   Get your printout and contact us for a free case review today!