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Driving with Suspended License in D.C. – Points, DUI & Failure to Pay Child Support

by | Sep 15, 2011

A driver’s license suspension in D.C. can occur for a variety of reasons, including a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In most cases, a points suspension will occur for a period of 90 days if a driver has accumulated 10 or 11 points.

Twelve points or more will result in a six-month suspension. Charges like DUI or reckless driving can result in a license suspension of six months to two years.

In D.C. you can face criminal charges for driving with a license that is suspended or revoked.

  • Operating After Revoked License (OAR): Can result in a fine of up to $5,000 and a year in prison. In the event that your driver’s license is revoked, you will have to attend a reinstatement hearing.
  • Operating After Suspended License (OAS): Like driving with a revoked license, driving with a suspended license is punished as a criminal offense in D.C. and motorists can face a $5,000 fine and up to a year in prison.

In many instances, hiring a D.C. Traffic Ticket Lawyer can be to your advantage. Fines, driver’s license suspensions and skyrocketing insurance premiums can be costly. To say nothing of lost work time. And fighting to keep a charge off your record can reduce your risk of steep fines or jail sentences in the event that you are ticketed for a future offense.

We understand money is an issue. But we have seen many clients end up better off financially by hiring a lawyer and fighting the charge. Unfortunately, you don’t have to be a bad driver to have your license suspended. Unpaid traffic tickets or failure to pay your child support can result in the loss of your driver’s license.

In all cases, dealing with the underlying cause for the suspension — fighting the charges to begin with, in other words — is better than losing your license and then being stopping and charged for driving with a license that has been revoked or suspended. An experienced attorney can often help you secure driving privileges for work, school or other necessities.

If you are charged with driving with a revoked or suspended license in D.C., Contact the Scrofano Law, PC for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights or fill out our online contact form. Visa, Mastercard and Discover card accepted. Call 202-765-3175.