Getting around Tahlequah, Oklahoma can be difficult if you don’t have a valid driver’s license. However, if your license has been suspended and you choose to drive, you may find yourself in legal trouble. Therefore, if you face a driving under suspended license Oklahoma charge, you need an experienced Tahlequah attorney to assist you with your case.
Defining Driving Under Suspended License Oklahoma
The state of Oklahoma defines suspension as:
“The temporary withdrawal by formal action of the Department of a person’s privilege to operate a motor vehicle on the public highways. Such action shall include the requirement of the surrender to the Department of said person’s driver license.” Okla. Stat. tit. 47 § 1-173
Reasons For Suspension
Oklahoma officials will suspend your license automatically if you are caught:
- driving under the influence,
- lying on a DMV form,
- causing bodily harm to another person after failing to stop at a stop sign or light, or
- failing to pay for gas.
Also, several other offenses may lead to suspension — although not automatically. Okla. Stat. tit. 47 § 6-205
Going To Court
In order to be convicted of a driving under suspended license Oklahoma charge, a defendant must have been driving a motor vehicle upon:
- a public road,
- turnpike, or
- other public place in Oklahoma.
Also, the court must have evidence — such as a DMV record — that the defendant’s license was suspended.
If found guilty, a defendant will be convicted of a misdemeanor in Tahlequah.
Penalties For Driving Under Suspended License Oklahoma
Anyone whose license was automatically suspended will face between $500 and $5,000, or jail time of up to one year.
Everyone else will face fines of up to $1,000 or up to a year in jail. Okla. Stat. tit. 47 § 6-303
Free Consultation: Tahlequah Criminal Defense Attorney
A charge of driving under suspended license Oklahoma may seem harmless, but it can quickly become costly and serious.
Please contact a Tahlequah criminal defense lawyer to discuss your available legal options if you or a loved one is facing this situation.
For a free consultation, call Wirth Law Office – Tahlequah at 918-458-2677 or toll free at 1-888-447-7262.
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