It is common knowledge that getting caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is likely to result in a suspended license. What you may not realize is that there are several other offenses – not all of them traffic-related – that can also lead to your driving license being suspended.
Here are some examples:
Accumulating Too Many Points on Your Driving Record
Each time you are stopped for a traffic offense, you receive one or more “points” on your driving record. If you build up four points in a 12-month period, your license will be suspended for six months. Some offenses, like reckless driving or a hit-and-run accident that results in injuries, may lead to immediate suspension of your license.
Driving Without Insurance
In California, drivers are required to carry liability insurance. If you operate a vehicle without it, your license will be suspended until you can prove that you have purchased the necessary insurance. You will also face a stiff fine.
Failing to Pay Traffic Fines
If you do not pay traffic tickets, the court will suspend your license until you have fully paid all fines levied against you. Furthermore, if you do not obey a summons to appear in court after you have received a traffic ticket, the court can suspend your license until you do appear.
Attempting to Evade a Police Officer
Conviction of this offense can lead to a suspended driving license. It can also lead to a heavy fine and imprisonment, especially if someone was injured during your efforts at evasion.
Getting Behind on Child Support
If you fall more than 30 days behind on paying your child support, the California Department of Child Support Services notifies the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The DMV, in turn, issues a warning letter giving you 150 days to make arrangements to catch up on your obligations. If you fail to do so, you will face the suspension of your license.
Having your driving license suspended can wreak havoc on your personal and professional life, especially if you are required to drive for work. If you believe you are at risk of a suspended license, consult an experienced traffic law attorney immediately. Your attorney can advise you of your rights, guide you through the legal system, and see you safely back on the road again.
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