Driving on a Suspended License
Because there are many different reasons a driver’s license may be suspended, driving on a suspended license is a common criminal charge in Utah. Some typical reasons your license may be suspended include being convicted for driving under the influence, making a false statement to the Utah Driver License Division, being found incompetent to drive a motor vehicle, excessive moving violations, and driving without insurance.
While many people do consider driving on a suspended license to be a serious crime, prosecutors and judges often feel differently because operating a motor vehicle is inherently dangerous. If you have been charged with driving on a suspended license, do not take the charge lightly. I can review your case to ensure you are treated fairly and help you navigate the legal process.
Driving on a Suspended License in Utah
Before you can be convicted of driving on a suspended license in Utah, a prosecutor has to prove two things. First, a prosecutor must prove your driver’s license was denied, suspended, disqualified, or revoked at the time you were caught driving. Second, a prosecutor must prove that you were actually driving on the highways of the state while your license was suspended or revoked. In some very rare cases, a driver may be able to prove that she was driving on private roads where a license is not required.
Utah Penalties for Driving on a Suspended License
Driving on a suspended license can either be a class B or a class C misdemeanor in Utah depending on the facts in the case.
Examples of driving on a suspended license as a class B misdemeanor included driving when your license was suspended because you were convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances, you were convicted of a felony offense under Utah’s motor vehicle laws, or you were convicted of a felony in which a motor vehicle was used to facilitate the offense. A judge may sentence you up to six months in jail and up to a $100 fine if you are convicted of a class B misdemeanor.
If your license was suspended for some reason other than an aggravated reason listed in the Utah statutes, you will face a class C misdemeanor. A judge may sentence you up to 90 days in jail and a $750 fine for a class C misdemeanor.