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Stephan J. Johnson

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I firmly believe that every individual I represent deserves to have a voice in the criminal justice system.

After you are arrested on suspicion of DUI, you face a battle on two fronts: one in criminal court and one against the DMV.

Southern California has a car-based economy, and without a drivers license, it is practically impossible to earn a living.

Traffic Violations can have major implications on your finances and capability to sustain employment and income.

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License Suspension Information Sheet

The impact of losing a driver’s license can extend to many areas of your life. If may interfere with your ability to do your job. You may have difficulty finding transportation to work and other places. It may impact your ability to secure a lease. The consequences can be severe. It is important to understand your rights. An experienced attorney can help you in many ways. Attorney Stephan Johnson is highly knowledgeable about the way these charges are handled in California, and he can provide skilled legal guidance for your case.

Driver’s License Suspension in California

Driving in California is a privilege, not a right. This is a very important distinction. This means that every person is not automatically eligible to operate a motor vehicle. To obtain driving privileges, a person must pass a rigorous test which often involves a computer inquiry along with a behind the wheel assessment. To pass, many people first complete a driver’s education course. Because the driving opportunity is not a right, the California Department of Motor Vehicles can suspend a driver’s license at any time and for many reasons. When a license is suspended, or even revoked, the person is not authorized to drive a vehicle. There are often many steps the driver must complete before the license can be reinstated.

License Suspension Cases in California

There are many reasons that can cause a license to be suspended in California. Your license might be suspended if you are not insured and you get into an accident. Failing to report an accident, driving under the influence (DUI), underage drinking, refusing or failing an alcohol or drug test, vandalism, excessive points on a driving record, failing to appear for a traffic ticket, and neglecting to pay court-mandated child support are some of the other most common reasons a driver’s license is suspended in California.

Many driving offenses are ‘wobbler’ cases. This means that the judge may rule the case a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances and severity of the situation. In misdemeanor cases, the penalties are generally less severe than felonies. Having an experienced driving offense attorney on your side may help reduce the charges or possibly even get your case dismissed.

Penalties of Driving with a Revoked or Suspended License

If you are convicted of driving on a suspended license, you may face a range of penalties. Even though it is a misdemeanor, violation of Vehicle Code 14601 could mean a jail sentence of up to six months and a fine of up to one thousand dollars. The specific penalties each person faces for this offense vary due to the reason the license was suspended and the circumstances surrounding the recent conviction.

This type of driving offense may be added with other charges. For example, if your license has been suspended, there is not a way for you to be insured as a driver. This means that if you are pulled over and found to be driving on a suspended license, an added charge may be driving an uninsured vehicle. The penalties are greater for repeated offenses.

Getting a License Reinstated

If your license has been suspended, you should be working with a knowledgeable attorney on strategies and a plan for reinstating your driving privileges. While the requirements and length of the suspension are different due to the reason for the suspension, the process for reinstating your license will also vary. You will need to fulfill the court-mandated terms. This may include waiting a specific length of time, completion of a court-approved program, payment of fines, and other stipulations such as serving time in jail or providing proof of auto insurance.

Legal Help for Driving on a Suspended License Charge

If you have been ticketed for driving on a suspended license, you need sound legal advice to help avoid the harsh consequences of a conviction. With many years of experience helping clients retain driving privileges, Attorney Stephan Johnson is prepared to aggressively fight for your rights. Call (909) 476-1455 to arrange your consultation.

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