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Driving on a Suspended License

If you are a resident of Louisiana, and your driver’s license is revoked or suspended, you are not supposed to drive again until the driver’s license and driving privileges have been restored.

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Louisiana Driving on a Suspended License Laws and Penalties

If you continue to drive on a suspended license, you are violating an order of the court. This is considered a serious crime, the same as violating any other court order.

The punishment for driving on a suspended license can include a large fine and/or mandatory imprisonment. It can also include more permanent suspension of your license, for which reinstatement will require you to pay additional fines.

In order to prove that you are guilty of driving on a suspended license, the prosecution must prove that you were driving a motor vehicle on a public highway, and that your license had been suspended or revoked at the time when you were driving.

There are times when the prosecution must also prove that you had knowledge that your license was suspended or revoked at the time of driving.

Get Help with a Driving on a Suspended License Charge

If you are facing a charge for driving on a suspended license, there are several defenses you can use.

There are times when someone is pulled over for a violation, and their name was mistakenly put on the list for revoked or suspended licenses.

There are also times when the license was restored, but record of it had not been put into the state’s records in the proper manner. With the help of a defense attorney, you can receive a computer printout of the record from the state department, to ensure whether the license had in fact been suspended or revoked on the date in question.

Another defense is a lack of proper notice. Sometimes notice was not given to the motorist because the license was suspended due to not paying for a parking ticket or a traffic ticket. When this happens, a license can be revoked or suspended, because of the cumulative violations on the record, but the driver might not have been notified by the state.

If proof exists stating that the State mailed the notice to the most current address, it is enough for a conviction. There must be a certification of mailing or an affidavit of mailing. Just a copy of the letter is not adequate enough.

Another defense option is that there might not be enough evidence to support that the identity of the driver was you. If there is only circumstantial evidence, then it can be argued that you were not “operating” the vehicle by Louisiana state law.

If you are proving that you were driving on a suspended license out of necessity or emergency, you must support that there was the threat of immediate injury to the life of a human or animal, and as such, the situation made it necessary to drive.

Contact a Louisiana criminal defense attorney

If you have been charged with or accused of driving on a suspended license, avoid further penalties by contacting our attorneys as soon as possible. With the help of a criminal defense attorney, you can determine which plea is best suited for your case, and which defense will result in a lesser sentence.