Driving Without a License
For most American adults, having access to a motor vehicle is an essential part of their lives. Being able to commute to work, drive their children to school, visit friends and family, and enjoy the sense of freedom that only the open road can bring are as American as apple pie. Unfortunately, some people lose their driver’s licenses, which can result from any number of instances.
If you were pulled over while driving without a license, you should take a few action steps right now to protect yourself legally. First, you should educate yourself on what your rights are. After that, you should contact an experienced lawyer who can help you successfully navigate the legal system. Keep reading this blog to learn more about your rights, which steps you should take, and how to get in touch with an experienced legal team based in Glen Burnie and Columbia, Maryland.
Why People Drive Without Valid Licenses
There are a number of reasons why people drive without valid licenses. In some cases, they may have simply forgotten to carry it with them. This type of violation usually results in a simple traffic ticket. Another reason is that they never applied to receive one, either because they’re unaware of the requirement to do so, or they lack the legal status and the necessary documentation needed to apply. Finally, people are aware that their license has been suspended or revoked, yet they still feel the need to operate a motor vehicle for some reason. This last reason, known as “willful violations,” can result in especially harsh consequences for offenders.
How People Lose Their Licenses
There a number of factors that can lead to license revocation or suspension, such as:
- Driving while under the influence
- Accumulation of points on your license
- Repeat offenses
- Driving without insurance
- Failure to pay fines
- Serious offenses, such as reckless endangerment
It’s important to note that drivers may not be immediately aware that their licenses have been suspended or revoked. Think of one’s failure to pay fines, for instance. While this may be the result of someone’s inability to actually pay whatever fines he or she has, it may also result from sheer forgetfulness. If someone completely forgot to pay their fines, it may come as a shock to learn that their license has been suspended when they’re pulled over.
Consequences for Driving Without a License
In Maryland, the consequences for driving with a suspended or revoked license can be severe. They may include:
- The complete revocation of your license if it had just been suspended previously
- Jail time
- Additional points
- Community service requirements
The severity of these penalties may vary, depending on the driver’s alleged infraction. It’s also important to note that one’s failure to pay child support may impact the severity of these penalties.
Finding the Right Law Office
If you have been pulled over without a valid license, then you should get in touch with an experienced and dedicated law firm right away. The consequences for driving with a suspended or revoked license can be severe, as discussed earlier. There is no reason to leave your future to chance when the stakes are this high. Contact the Glen Burnie legal team at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA today to learn more.