Caught Driving with a Suspended License in Michigan?
If you have a suspended or revoked license, you know that losing driving privileges has a huge impact on your daily life. Getting caught driving a motor vehicle with a suspended or revoked license in Michigan will result in a felony or misdemeanor charge. It will also make it that much more difficult to get your license back.
What happens when your driver’s license gets suspended?
When your license gets suspended, that means you don’t have your driving privileges from one period of time to another. For example, if your license is suspended on October 12, 2021, the suspension will end on October 12, 2022.
What happens when your driver’s license is revoked?
Driving with a suspended license and driving with a revoked license are both misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the circumstances as described below.
Misdemeanor DWLS/DWLR offenses
First time getting a DWLS/DWLR
Up to 93 days in jail and/or a fine of $500 or less
DWLS/DWLR that occurs after a prior conviction
Up to a year in jail and/or a fine of $1,000 or less
Felony DWLS/DWLR offenses
DWLS/DWLR and causing serious impairment of a body function of another person*
The penalties are:
Up to five years in prison and/or a fine between $1,000 and $5,000
DWLS/DWLR and causing death*
Up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine between $2,500 and $10,000
On top of these penalties, the court may also:
1. Order the forfeiture of the vehicle used in the offense if you own the vehicle in whole or part or lease the vehicle, or
2. Order the return of the vehicle to the lessor if you lease the vehicle. Your vehicle will be sold by whichever police department seized it. If the vehicle isn’t ordered forfeited, the court will order vehicle immobilization.
Sarah Tarockoff is one of the paralegals at The Law Offices of Barton Morris. She earned a Paralegal Certificate from Oakland Community College in 2015 and graduated from Oakland University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a concentration in criminal justice. She completed internships at the 52-3 District Court where she aided probation officers in the Probation Department and at Bernstein & Bernstein, where she worked closely with attorneys and paralegals on various litigation-related matters.