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The different types of driver’s license suspensions in Virginia

On Behalf of | Oct 6, 2021 | Criminal Defense

There are several reasons why a person may have their driver’s license suspended in Virginia. For example, committing certain traffic violations may lead to an accumulation of demerit points that result in your suspension. Furthermore, simply failing to pay certain civil court judgments can amount to a license suspension. 

However, there are two different types of license suspensions in Virginia. Understanding the distinction between the two could be in your best interests. 

Suspension of your driver’s license 

Accumulating too many demerit points over a certain period could result in the suspension of your license. Additionally, certain types of traffic violations could have the same effect. The key point to remember about a suspension is that it is temporary. As a result, even if your driving privileges are taken away for many months, they will be returned to you. 

Revocation of your driver’s license

Having your driver’s license revoked means that your driving privileges have been removed permanently. This type of punishment is typically reserved for more serious traffic offenses. At some point, you may be eligible to apply for and receive a new driver’s license. However, this is likely only to be considered after an extended period of time. The key point to remember is that revocation means that your driving privileges have been removed on a permanent basis. 

Potential consequences of driving while suspended

Occasionally, individuals might be tempted to disregard the law and drive while suspended. However, it is important to note that the consequences of this can be severe. Driving while suspended in Virginia is categorized as a Class 1 misdemeanor. Offenses in this bracket could result in a fine of up to $2,500 and one year of jail time. Those who have driven while suspended on more than one occasion are likely to face even harsher penalties. 

Knowing the difference between driver’s license suspensions in Virginia could be in your best interests. As a driver faced with potential criminal charges, you should understand that you have legal rights. 

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