Driving on a Suspended License Sentencing & Punishment – CA Vehicule Code Section 14601

Driving when Privilege Suspended or Revoked (CA Vehicle Code Section 14601)

Driving a vehicle with knowledge of license suspension or revocation, when suspension or revocation resulted from reckless driving, is a misdemeanor.  If the incident results in the defendant’s first conviction, he/she may face imprisonment in county jail for a term not exceeding six months or a fine valued between three hundred ($300) and one thousand ($1000) dollars, or both.  If the incident results in the defendant’s second conviction and occurred within five years of his/her prior conviction under 14601.1, 14601.2 or 14601.5, he/she may face imprisonment in county jail for a term not exceeding one year or a fine valued between five hundred ($500) and two thousand ($2,000) dollars, or both.  Consulting with a Driving on a Suspended License Lawyer in Los Angeles will help to alleviate these potentially harsh punishments.

Driving when Privilege Suspended or Revoked for Any Other Reason (CA Vehicle Code Section 14601.1)

Driving a vehicle with knowledge of license suspension or revocation, when suspension or revocation occurred due to a reason not listed under 14601, 14601.2 or 14601.5, is a misdemeanor.  Reasons not listed under 14601, 14601.2 or 14601.5 include: too many points on one’s driving record; a warrant out for one’s arrest; a vandalism conviction; a failure to pay traffic tickets; a failure to pay child support.

If the incident results in the defendant’s first conviction, he/she may face imprisonment in county jail for a term not exceeding six months or a fine valued between three hundred ($300) and one thousand ($1000) dollars, or both.  If the incident results in the defendant’s second conviction and occurred within five years of his/her prior conviction under 14601.1, 14601.2 or 14601.5, he/she may face imprisonment in county jail for a term not exceeding one year or a fine valued between five hundred ($500) and two thousand ($2,000) dollars, or both.  Consulting with a Driving on a Suspended License Attorney in Los Angeles will help to alleviate these potentially harsh punishments.

Driving when Privilege Suspended or Revoked for Driving Under the Influence, with Excessive Blood Alcohol or when Addicted (CA Vehicle Code Section 14601.2)

Driving a vehicle with knowledge of license suspension or revocation, when suspension or revocation resulted from a driving under the influence incident, is a misdemeanor.  If the incident results in the defendant’s first conviction, he/she may face imprisonment in county jail for a term not exceeding six months or a fine valued between three hundred ($300) and one thousand ($1000) dollars, or both.  If the incident results in the defendant’s second conviction and occurred within five years of his/her prior conviction under 14601.1, 14601.2 or 14601.5, he/she may face imprisonment in county jail for a term not exceeding one year or a fine valued between five hundred ($500) and two thousand ($2,000) dollars, or both.

Driving when Privilege Suspended or Revoked for Refusing Chemical Test or Driving with Excessive Blood Alcohol (CA Vehicle Code Section 14601.5)

It is a misdemeanor to drive a vehicle with knowledge of license suspension or revocation, when suspension or revocation resulted from one of the following:

  • Driving a motor vehicle with a 0.08 blood-alcohol content or higher
  • Driving a motor vehicle with a 0.01 blood-alcohol content or higher, and the driver is under twenty-one years of age
  • Driving a vehicle that requires a commercial driver’s license when the driver has a 0.04 blood-alcohol content or higher
  • Refusing to take a Preliminary Alcohol Screening (“PAS”) Test when driver is (i) under twenty-one years of age or (ii) on probation for a prior DUI
  • Driving while on probation for a DUI
  • Driving outside permissible scope of a restricted license
  • Refusing to take a DUI blood, breath or urine test

If the incident results in the defendant’s first conviction, he/she may face imprisonment in county jail for a term not exceeding six months or a fine valued between three hundred ($300) and one thousand ($1000) dollars, or both.  If the incident results in the defendant’s second conviction and occurred within five years of his/her prior conviction under 14601.1, 14601.2 or 14601.5, he/she may face imprisonment in county jail for a term not exceeding one year or a fine valued between five hundred ($500) and two thousand ($2,000) dollars, or both.

The sentencing and punishment associated with a California Vehicle Code Section 14601 violation are serious.  If you are facing potential charges, please contact the team of experienced and reliable Driving on a Suspended License Attorneys in Los Angeles at Wallin & Klarich: 1-888-749-0034 or submit the form at the top of this page.  Our team of Driving on a Suspended License Lawyers in Los Angeles understands the gravity of sentencing decisions and the ways in which the repercussions affect you and your family.  Call today.

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