Many people all over Milwaukee lose their driving privileges for drunk driving convictions, traffic convictions and other reasons – but some still continue to drive anyway.
But what happens if you get caught driving after the courts have taken away your license?
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What Happens if You Drive When Your License is Revoked?
It’s illegal to drive when you don’t have a license. If you’ve lost your license – not lost as in misplaced, but lost as in had it taken away by the court – you’ll face serious penalties if you’re caught behind the wheel.
The court can convict you if you operated a motor vehicle on a highway while knowing your license was revoked. The penalties are severe, too. The court can sentence you to jail for up to a year and order you to pay fines of up to $2,500.
If you cause great bodily harm while driving after your license has been revoked, it’s a Class I felony. You can go to jail for up to a year and be fined between $5,000 and $7,500. If someone passes away as a result of your driving on a revoked license, the court can find you guilty of a Class H felony (and that can result in a fine of up to $10,000 and a year in jail, as well).
Remember, too, that if you’re engaged in the commission of another crime – such as drunk driving – while you’re driving on a revoked license, you will face those charges, as well.
What if You Get Caught Driving on a Revoked License?
For most people who’ve been caught driving on a revoked license, the best course of action is to talk to a Milwaukee criminal defense attorney for advice. You may not be aware of your rights, and you may need someone to help preserve them – and that’s where your lawyer comes in.
Call us at 414-383-6700 right now for a free consultation with an experienced, compassionate attorney. We’ll answer your questions and start developing a strategy that gets you the best possible outcome.