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Have you dealt with or are you potentially facing a suspended or revoked license? This common penalty can be more than a minor inconvenience. Make sure you know what can lead to a suspended license, how serious the situation is and what the can be.

Suspended vs. Revoked

When a person’s driver’s license is suspended, it means they can’t legally drive for a period of time. This period can be definite or indefinite, but it’s usually a temporary suspension. A revoked license means the license is canceled, and the person who lost their license must apply for and pass all the tests required to receive a brand-new license.

Why It Happens 

Reasons a person may have their license suspended include being convicted of multiple traffic violations, getting a DUI or DWI, failing to appear in court or failing to pay child support.

A revoked license is the more serious of the penalties and can happen in cases of major traffic offenses or after making false statements on driver’s license or car registration applications. Noncriminal situations that affect a person’s ability to drive safely, such as age or a medical condition, can also lead to a revoked license.

Driving With a Suspended License: Don’t Do It

Penalties vary from state to state, but the repercussions of driving with a suspended license can be severe. Typical punishments include fines, jail time, additional suspension time or community service. Permanent license revocation and potential felony charges are also possible, which could prevent you from voting, obtaining certain business licenses, owning a firearm or running for office.

Navigating the criminal justice system can be complicated without professional assistance, so reach out today if you have questions.

Suspended Driver’s Licenses: What to Know

If you have questions about your case, please contact us at or (253) 236-4079.

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