A driver’s license is something most people rely on every day. We often take this privilege for granted and fail to realize just how important it is until it is taken from us.
A criminal charge for driving on a suspended license (known as Driving While License Revoked, or a DWLR under North Carolina law) is a misdemeanor criminal offense.
There are several reasons your North Carolina driver’s license may have been suspended/revoked:
A person who (1) drives (2) a motor vehicle (3) on a street or highway (4) while his or her license has been revoked by the State of North Carolina (5) knowing that his or her license is revoked commits a Class 3 misdemeanor. However, if the person’s license revoked for impaired driving, the person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 120 days in jail.
The potential sentence you face depends on whether you have had a prior offense and conviction. Sentences for this offense consist of lengthening the term of original suspension.
If it is your first DWLR, then you face an additional one year suspension. If it is your second DWLR, then you face an additional two years suspension. If it is your third or subsequent DWLR, then you may face a permanent revocation of your license.
With a DWLR conviction, not only will you face a longer license suspension and potential permanent revocation, but your auto insurance rates will increase when you are eligible to get your license re-instated.
We can help. We are prepared to argue in court the reasons why you may be innocent of the criminal charges. Our goal is to defend your interests and your right to drive, as well as avoid any criminal record. Call us today at 980-272-8438.