Driving on a Suspended License? Call Our Criminal Defense Lawyers Now!

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In Rhode Island, operating a motor vehicle is a privilege, not a right. Like any other privilege, it can be taken away. Many Rhode Islanders find themselves with a suspended driver’s license as a result of a DUI or breathalyzer refusal conviction, while others end up with a suspended license under the Colin B. Foote Act or as a result of failure to pay child support.

Anyone with a suspended license knows that it can have a significant impact on your employment and family life. Due to how inconvenient a suspend license is, many drivers are willing to take a risk and drive, despite the possible penalties. Unfortunately, this decision can only make things worse.

If you find yourself charged with driving on a suspended license, call the experienced Rhode Island traffic violation lawyers at Abilheira Law, LLC today.

What Charges & Penalties Am I Facing?

Under Rhode Island General Law § 31-11-18, you may be charged with driving on a suspended license if you:

  • Drive a motor vehicle despite never having applied for a license
  • Drive after your application for a license has been refused
  • Drive after your license has expired
  • Drive without a license
  • Drive while your license is suspended, revoked, or canceled`

Driving on a suspend license can result in an increased license suspension, large fines, and imprisonment. The penalties vary depending on the number of the convictions you have accumulated throughout your driving history.

Penalties for a first offense:

  • Civil Violation
  • $250 to $500 civil fine

Penalties for a second offense:

  • Civil Violation
  • $350 to $500 civil fine

Penalties for a third or subsequent offense:

  • Misdemeanor/criminal offense
  • Jail for up to 90 days
  • License suspension for up to 90 days
  • $500 to $1,000 fine

Harsher Penalties for Certain Violations

Under Rhode Island General Law § 31-11-18.1, if your license is suspended due to a guilty finding for one or more of the following offenses, and you are found driving with a suspended license, you could face harsh penalties that might include mandatory jail time.

These offenses include:

  • Operating under the influence of a narcotic drug or intoxicating liquor
  • Refusing to submit to a chemical test
  • Reckless driving
  • Manslaughter from the operation of a motor vehicle
  • Operating so as to endanger resulting in death
  • Three moving violations within a one-year period (Colin B. Foote Act)

A first offense alone can result in a misdemeanor charge, carrying a minimum of 10 days behind bars, $500 in fines, and an additional 3-month license suspension. A second offense can carry 6 months to a year in jail, a $500 fine, and an additional 6+ month license suspension. Any subsequent convictions after a second one will lead to a felony charge and minimum one year imprisonment.

Take Action—Contact Our Firm Today!

Driving on a suspended license has serious consequences and can result in several timely and costly trips to District Court and the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles. If you find yourself charged with driving after denial, suspension, or revocation of license, contact the Rhode Island criminal defense attorneys.

Our experienced defense team can review your case in a free evaluation today! We have offices located in both Providence and Warren, servicing all of Rhode Island.