Suspended License Attorney in Richmond
Losing your driving privileges can have a big impact on your career, your independence, and your day-to-day routine. A trusted license suspension attorney can help you understand the options and defenses that might be available in your case and fight to minimize any negative consequences.
Contact us online or call Upton Law, PLLC today to learn more about your legal rights in a free initial consultation. Attorney Samantha Upton delivers thoughtful and honest advice and she is committed to helping you pursue the best outcome in your situation.
Common Reasons for Having a License Suspended in Richmond
Your driver’s license may be suspended in Richmond if you are convicted of certain moving violations or administrative offenses, such as:
- Failure to pay fines or court costs associated with traffic violations
- Failure to pay child support or any other court-ordered payment
- Failure to comply with probationary sentences imposed by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
- Failure to provide proof of valid auto insurance or proof of financial responsibility
- Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or intoxicating drugs
- Driving without a required ignition interlock device after a DUI conviction
- Refusing to submit to a breathalyzer or blood test after being detained for DUI
- Causing bodily injury or voluntary or involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence
- Failure to stop and provide your information to others after an accident resulting in bodily injury or death
- Stealing a vehicle or refusing to pay for gasoline
- Attempting to evade the police while driving
- Committing any drug-related offense
- Knowingly making false statements on your driver’s license or permit application
- Taking or renewing someone else’s driver’s license or permit test for them
- Driving without a valid driver’s license, driving with a fake license, or driving after your license has been suspended or revoked
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Incurring a certain number of demerit points within a 12- or 24-month period
- Providing alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 or anyone who has been ordered to refrain from drinking by the court
How Do I Check If My License Is Suspended?
Since your license may be suspended in Virginia for many reasons, it’s a good idea to know how to check your driving record. You can do so by visiting the Virginia DMV’s official website.
You’ll need to create an online account to view your driving record. To do so, go to the DMV Now webpage and enter your personal information on the “Customer Logon” screen. You can enter your driver’s license number or your Social Security number along with your date of birth to get started. You must be 18 years or older to create an account.
After entering your personal information, the DMV Now website will prompt you to call the DMV hotline to obtain a personal identification number (PIN). Once you have this PIN, you can enter the number on the website to log in.
If you have any trouble obtaining your PIN, you can call the Virginia DMV directly to ask for a temporary PIN. A temporary PIN is typically only valid for 24 hours, so it’s important to use yours quickly after you receive one.
Once you have your PIN handy, you can use the DMV Now website to review your driving record and determine whether your license has been suspended or revoked.
Contact a knowledgeable license suspension attorney immediately if you learn or suspect that your license is suspended or revoked.
Penalties for Driving with a Suspended License in Richmond
Driving with a suspended license in Richmond is a serious offense with potentially severe criminal penalties. This offense is typically considered a class 1 misdemeanor, which is punishable by:
- Up to $2,500 in fines, which you must pay in full before the DMV reinstates your license
- Up to 12 months of jail time, which is unlikely for first-time offenders but more likely for repeat offenders
- The suspension of your license for an additional length of time, typically equal to the same length of time it was originally suspended
- The impoundment or immobilization of your vehicle, the costs of which you would be responsible for paying
What Are the Different Ways You Can Challenge a License Suspension in Richmond?
Your ability to challenge a license suspension in Richmond depends on why your license was suspended in the first place.
If your license has been suspended because you failed to pay a fine or some other court-ordered payment, you may be able to submit a petition to the court outlining a proposed payment plan. If you pay the fine outright or the court accepts your plan, you may be able to have your license reinstated.
How to Reinstate Your License
After your license suspension or revocation period is over, you’ll usually need to pay a fee and comply with other conditions to have your license reinstated. In most cases, the reinstatement fee is between $30 and $60.
If your license was suspended because you failed to show proof of insurance or financial responsibility, you might need to request an administrative hearing to have your license reinstated. If your license was suspended because you accumulated too many demerit points, you might be able to have your license reinstated after completing a Driver Improvement Clinic course.
If your license was suspended due to a DUI conviction, you will need to satisfy specific requirements to have it reinstated. That may include completing an Alcohol Safety Action Program and installing an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.
If you have been designated a habitual offender and are caught driving on a revoked license, you may be required to spend between 90 days and five years in jail, pay up to $2,500 in fines, and petition the court to reinstate your driving privileges at a formal hearing.
Contact an Experienced Richmond Suspended License Attorney Today
Samantha Upton, principal attorney of Upton Law, PLLC, is committed to providing outstanding service and pursuing real results for clients throughout Richmond and surrounding areas of Virginia. Contact Samantha today for a free initial case review to learn more about how she can help you with your license suspension.