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Driving On A Suspended License | VC 14601.2

Driving On A Suspended License | VC 14601.2

VC 14601.2 – Driving On Suspended License | LA DUI Defense Lawyers Since 1987

Driving On A Suspended License in Los Angeles is one of the most common traffic crimes in California. Although the most traffic violations in Los Angeles are infractions which only carry fines, Los Angeles Driving On A Suspended License charges are considered misdemeanor traffic crimes that can actually result in jail time, probation, and a criminal record if you are convicted. Furthermore, you face enhanced terms of criminal sentencing if you are charged with Driving On A Suspended License under California Vehicle Code 14601.2, which states the following:

A person shall not drive a motor vehicle at any time
when that person’s driving privilege is suspended or revoked for a
conviction of a misdemeanor DUI under VC 23152, or misdemeanor or felony DUI under VC 23153 if the person driving has knowledge of the suspension or revocation.

Misdemeanor Driving On A Suspended License under VC 14601.2 in Los Angeles can have serious repercussions and the consequences are felt immediately as your vehicle can be impounded for up to 30 days on your dime. The consequences can get worse from thereon if you are still on probation for the root charge of the suspension, a misdemeanor DUI. As a result of your suspension’s connection to a prior DUI conviction, the penalties you face are enhanced in comparison to the lesser Driving On A Suspended License charge under VC14601.1. VC14601.2 carries mandatory penalties, meaning the sanctions you face as a result of conviction cannot be avoided. Therefore, if you find yourself facing a Driving On A Suspended License charge under VC 14601.2, do not delay and contact our LA DUI defense firm now.

Los Angeles DUI lawyers Paul Takakjian and Stephen Sitkoff have each practiced criminal law for over 35 years formerly as senior prosecutors with the LA District Attorney’s Office and LASD academy instructors. Mr. Takakjian is certified by the California State Bar as a Criminal Law Specialist and he possesses a 10.0 AVVO rating. Mr. Sitkoff is a former Superior Court Commissioner and possesses an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell. Call our Los Angeles Driving On A Suspended License lawyers now (888) 579-4844 for a free case review to learn how we can help.

Penalties For VC 14601.2 – Driving On A Suspended License In Los Angeles

Much like a DUI or Petty Theft, Driving On A Suspended License is considered a priorable offense. Therefore, the penalties can be further enhanced or “stacked” if you have prior Driving On A Suspended License convictions. The following are some of the consequences and penalties you face if charged with a Los Angeles Driving on a Suspended License first offense VC 14601.2:

  • Mandatory minimum 10 days imprisonment and up to 6 months in LA County Jail
  • Mandatory minimum $300 fine up to $1,000
  • Summary or informal probation
  • Misdemeanor criminal record
  • 2 DMV points on driving record
  • Community labor or service
  • Installation of ignition interlock device (IID)

If you are charged with VC 14601.2 with a prior Driving On A Suspended License conviction within the last 5 years, you face the following:

  • 30 days of mandatory imprisonment and up to 1 year in LA County Jail
  • Mandatory minimum fine of $500 up to $2,000 fine
  • Summary or informal probation
  • Misdemeanor criminal record
  • 2 DMV points on driving record
  • Community labor or service
  • Installation of ignition interlock device (IID)

Los Angeles Driving On A Suspended License And DUI Probation Violations

If you have been convicted of a DUI in Los Angeles and received a sentence of probation, one of your terms of compliance involves obeying all laws. A violation of VC 14601.2 during your probation period would violate your probation, further enhancing the punishment you face. In addition to the increased jail time, fines, and probation you could receive, a Driving On A Suspended License conviction also results in 2 additional DMV points. Therefore, depending on how recently you were convicted of your DUI (a two point DMV violation as well), the additional 2 points from your VC 14601.2 conviction could trigger a Negligent Operator suspension from DMV. Lastly, if you, like most, intend to petition the court for expungement of your DUI conviction pursuant to California Penal Code 1203.4 following the end of your DUI probation period, any violation of probation could jeopardize your chances receiving approval of your petition to clear your record.

Los Angeles Driving On A Suspended License Attorney Since 1987

Regardless of whether you are facing felony or misdemeanor criminal charges, we have the experience and expertise to ensure you receive the best possible resolution to your case. Although Driving On A Suspended License may not sound like a serious offense, the consequences and penalties are real. However, through the advocacy of a qualified Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, the consequences can be mitigated. Call us now at (310) 312-8055 at our main office in West Los Angeles for a free case analysis. For our clients’ convenience, we also maintain satellite office locations in Torrance, Long Beach, Pasadena, West Covina, Westlake Village, Oxnard, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Orange, Woodland Hills, and Rancho Cucamonga.

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