Driving While License Suspended (DWLS) or Driving While License Revoked (DWLR) are both misdemeanors in Michigan. Although you may not think anything of it, these are both criminal charges and will go on your criminal record if you are convicted of either of these offenses. Not only will you face criminal charges but you can face serious penalties and restrictions on your driving privileges!
A first offense Driving While License Suspended is a misdemeanor punishable by fines (Up to $500), driver responsibility fees, probation, additional license suspensions, cancellation of registration plates, and up to 93 days in jail. A second offense Driving While License Suspended ay result in higher fines (up to $1,000), possibly two years of probation, and up to 1 year in jail.
There are circumstances when charges can be elevated depending on your convictions and the circumstances surrounding your current offense, including a Driving While License Suspended involving injury or death.
If you have been charged with Driving While License Suspended or Driving While License Revoked, you have the right to defend yourself against these criminal charges. There are options, possibilities, and defenses to your case. These could include a reduction of charges (possibly to a civil infraction), a dismissal of charges, minimizing driving restrictions and penalties, and more.
Contact our experienced attorneys at Tanis Schultz PLLC to discuss your legal options today.