Arrested For Driving With A Revoked Or Suspended License Bail
Bail Bonds For An Arrest For Driving With A Revoked Or Suspended License
Driving on a Suspended License in CaliforniaCalifornia Vehicle Code 14601 and its related sections prohibit driving when you know that your driverâ€™s license has been suspended or revoked. These offenses are misdemeanor crimes, subjecting you to possible county jail time and substantial fines. California Vehcile Code 12500 prohibits driving without a valid license.
Vehicle Code 14601 VC
Before you can be convicted of any of these charges, prosecutors must prove that you were driving with the knowledge that you werenâ€™t permitted to do so. It is important to understand that this knowledge requirement is a key difference between Vehicle Code 14601 offenses and Vehicle Code 12500.
There are only two facts that a prosecutor must prove in order to convict you of a California Vehicle Code 14601, 14601.1, 14601.2 or 14601.5 violation:
Â Â 1. you drove while your California driverâ€™s license was suspended or revoked, and
Â Â 2. you knew your California driverâ€™s license was suspended or revoked at the time.
California Vehicle Code 12500 vc is a less serious offense than Vehicle Code 14601. It carries a shorter maximum jail sentence and less fines. In addition, it isnâ€™t a "priorable" offense like 14601 vc.
California Vehicle Code 14601 (a) vc -- Privilege Suspended / Revoked for Specific Offenses
California Vehicle Code section 14601 (a) forbids you from driving a car, motorcycle, or other vehicle when you know that the DMV has suspended or revoked your California driverâ€™s license due to
Â Â 1. reckless driving,
Â Â 2. alcohol and/or drug abuse,
Â Â 3. a mental and/or physical disability that prevents you from driving safely, or
Â Â 4. being declared a "negligent" or "incompetent" driver.
California Vehicle Code 14601.1 (a) vc -- Privilege Revoked / Suspended for General Offenses
Vehicle Code 14601.1 (a) vc serves as the "catch-all" for violations that relate to driving on a revoked or suspended CDL. This section makes it illegal for you to drive when you know that the DMV has suspended or revoked your license for any reason that wasnâ€™t mentioned above under Vehicle Code 14601 or below under sections VC 14601.2 or VC 14601.5.
California Vehicle Code 14601.2 (a) vc -- Privilege Suspended /Revoked for DUI
California Vehicle Code section 14601.2 (a) punishes you for driving if you knew your license was revoked or suspended because of a DUI conviction. This is the most serious of the Vehicle Code 14601 violations.
It carries a minimum 10-day county jail sentence for a first offense and a minimum 30-day county jail sentence for a second.8 California law also requires the installation of a California ignition interlock device (commonly referred to as an "IID") for a 14601.2 (a) conviction.9 An IID is a mini-breathalyzer instrument that attaches to your car, preventing its operation unless and until you provide an alcohol-free breath sample.
Penalties, Punishment, and Sentencing for California Vehicle Code 14601 Offenses
Vehicle Code sections 14601, 14601.1, 14601.2, 14601.3, and 14601.5 VC...driving on a suspended license...are all priorable misdemeanor offenses. "Priorable" means that your penalty necessarily increases with each subsequent conviction within a five-to-seven year period, depending on the exact 14601 VC violation.
The punishment for any of these offenses may include probation, jail time, and/or substantial fines.
Your punishment or penalties in any given case depends on
Â Â 1. the reason your license was suspended,
Â Â 2. whether you suffered prior convictions for driving with a suspended license, and
Â Â 3. your driving history (which includes out-of-state convictions for driving-related offenses).
Generally, penalties are higher if the license was suspended or revoked because of
- a DUI conviction
- a California vehicular manslaughter conviction
- a finding that the driver is a habitual traffic offender
It should be noted that if you have the misfortune of being arrested for this offense while you have an outstanding California bench warrant or a California arrest warrant, you will receive harsher punishment.
If you know...or even suspect...that you may have an outstanding California arrest warrant or a pending California bench warrant, contact us immediately and we can help you get your bench warrant removed.
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