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?
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The court can convict you if you operated a motor vehicle on a highway while knowing your license was revoked.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If you cause great bodily harm while driving after your license has been revoked, it’s a Class I felony.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.