Q: What are the typical penalties in Fairfax County for Driving with a Suspended License?
This depends on a number of factors; most important among them are the reason the license was suspended in the first place, and whether there are any prior offenses of Driving on Suspended/Revoked.
In my 18+ years of practice here in Fairfax County, I have handled many of these cases. I developed the following explanation to help folks understand why many Judges in Virginia take Driving after Suspension or Revocation so very seriously:
- For traffic offenses, there are three basic penalties:
- Suspension of Drivers License; and
- Jail Time.
- Fines are appropriate for most simple, minor traffic offenses.
- For more serious offenses, or for failure to pay fines, the Court will move on to the next level, and Suspend the Driver’s License.
- If somebody Drives after Suspension, the Court has limited options:
- The Court can “give another chance” on fines or suspension; or
- The Court may impose Jail Time.
- A Driver who fails to pay fines, and/or continues to drive, after suspension of license, is effectively challenging the Court to “do something about it.” Under those circumstances, it is understandable that a Court would impose Jail Time.
Attorneys handling a Serious Traffic or Misdemeanor case will utilize a wide variety of strategies to seek a reduction in charges and seek to minimize penalties, depending on circumstances of each case.