Driving after revocation of your license is a crime in Wisconsin – and so is operating a vehicle at all. It doesn’t matter why you lost your license; what matters is that you’re not supposed to be operating a motor vehicle when your driver’s license is revoked.
Why People Have Revoked Licenses
When your license is revoked, you can’t drive to work, school or to pick up your children. You’re essentially trapped at home until someone can come give you a ride. However, that doesn’t mean that if you have an “emergency,” you’re allowed to get behind the wheel. In fact, if you do, you’re going to face even more serious penalties – and it doesn’t even matter why your license was revoked in the first place.
Many people lose driving privileges due to OWI, although there are several other reasons – including failure to pay fines and fees.
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Driving After Revocation: What Can Happen?
If you’re caught operating a motor vehicle after your license is revoked, the court could sentence you to:
- Up to a year in jail
- Fines of up to $2,500
- 6 more months of license revocation
- Pay court costs
Driving is the same – you could spend a year in jail, pay fines and lose your license longer. You could also face additional penalties from the Department of Transportation. The law is very serious about operating after revocation (which includes driving) because generally, people who lose their driving privileges are considered dangerous on the roads.
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Do You Need Legal Advice After Being Caught Driving After Revocation?
If the police caught you driving on a revoked license, we may be able to help you. While no two cases are the same, we’ll be able to provide you with advice tailored to your situation – and if we work together, we’ll help you get the best possible outcome. Call us today at 414-383-6700 to learn more.