There are close to 160,000 motor vehicles registered in Beaver County, Pennsylvania and owners rely on those vehicles for transportation to work, driving children to school and activities, trips to the grocery store, and anywhere else they need to go. When drivers’ licenses are suspended by the Department of Transportation for various reasons, drivers and people who depend on them for rides are put in a difficult situation. Sometimes people unknowingly driving on a suspended license and other times people know their licenses are suspended, but take the risk of getting caught and continue to drive anyway.
Depending on the circumstances, when Pennsylvania residents are caught driving on a suspended license, they could be subject to fines, additional license suspensions, and jail time. Our driving under license suspension lawyers knows that the consequences of driving on a suspended license can be very serious and it is important for defendants to have skilled legal representation to protect their rights and interests.
Reasons for suspended licenses in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, drivers’ licenses may be suspended for a number of reasons including the following:
- Drivers accumulate too many points on their driving record
- Violation of insurance requirements
- Reckless driving or racing
- Illegally passing a school bus
- Hit and run
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Refusal to take a blood alcohol concentration test
- Commercial driver’s license suspension for things like violating out of service orders and serious traffic offenses
- Failure to pay a traffic ticket
- Child support
- Lack of knowledge/improper notification – if you were not properly notified of the suspension, you may argue that you had no knowledge of the suspension. If the prosecutors can show that proper steps were taken to notify you, you will have an uphill battle in showing that you did not know your license was suspended.
- Unlawful/invalid suspension – mistakes do happen and sometimes licenses are suspended due to those mistakes such as suspending the wrong person’s license or incorrect point allocation.
- License is not suspended – this also may happen due to mistakes that lead an officer to believe your license is suspended when it actually is not.
- Unlawful basis for suspension – this may happen in different scenarios. For example, if a police officer unlawfully searched your vehicle and charged you with a drug crime based on what he or she found, the evidence may be inadmissible and your charges may be dropped. If your license was suspended because of the charges that were based on inadmissible evidence, you may have an unlawful basis for license suspension.