If you were caught driving on a suspended license in Oregon, you could be facing jail time, further suspensions, and hefty fines.
Even if you didn’t know that your Oregon driver’s license was under suspension, that may not be a valid excuse depending on the facts of your case.
Or maybe you were aware of the suspension, but drove anyway. I’m sure you thought you wouldn’t get caught, and maybe needed to get somewhere, and took a chance.
Unfortunately, that can be a costly mistake.
We all depend on our driver’s licenses for our daily existence, getting to work, and getting by everyday. We know not having a license can feel like a real hardship. So we will work will all the appropriate authorities to fight for your right to drive.
Oregon Traffic Violation – License Suspension
Generally, driving on a suspended license is a Class A traffic violation that carries a $600 fine. This may be a short term license suspension as a result of civil penalties, too many traffic violations, a few speeding tickets, etc.
There are many situations, however, that elevate that charge to a more serious offense.
Criminal Driving on a Suspended License – Oregon Laws
If you are caught driving on a suspended license and your license was originally suspended for one of the reasons below, you will face a much more serious criminal offense:
- Refusal to take a breath test after a suspected DUI stop and arrest
- Reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, or menacing involving a vehicle
- Perjury of false statements given to the DOT
- Positive breathalyzer resulting in a blood alcohol content greater than .08% (DWI) (a breath test failure)
- Fleeing or attempting to elude an officer
- Conviction of habitual offender status
- Reckless driving
If your license was initially suspended for any of these reasons, you driving on a suspended license charge will be classified as a Class A misdemeanor which is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and fines reaching $6250. Your suspension can also be extended.
Ref: Or. Rev. Stat. §811.182
Caught Driving on a Suspended License? Free Legal Defense Case Evaluation
License suspension can be complicated, since you could be facing a criminal offense and dealing with Oregon courts, as well as civil penalties, and administrative suspensions and reviews from the DMV.
We know you want to fight to keep your license, and reduce your suspension, or at least prevent a longer license suspension. Our attorneys call help with all of these situations, and work to get you back on the road as quickly as possible.