In North Carolina, losing your license is a common penalty for a variety of infractions, from DWI to speeding to refusing to pay child support. Living without a license could put stress and strain on work, school, your finances, and your family. However, there is a great deal of difference between the penalties associated with a license that has been suspended and a license that has been revoked.
Knowing what the differences are and what you can do in your specific situation can help you avoid serious mistakes that could lead to even more serious penalties. It can also allow you to find a solution to your driving problem more quickly.
If you are facing a license revocation or suspension in North Carolina, contact the lawyers at Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., online or by phone now for help.
Difference Between a Revoked License & Suspended License
The two ways North Carolina can take away your license are through revocation and suspension. A suspension is the loss of driving privileges for a limited period of time. A revocation is the loss of driving privileges permanently.
Beyond this distinction, there are some significant nuances that are worth understanding. A suspended license, for instance, can be either definite or indefinite. A definite suspension has a set end date. Once the date arrives and you have paid all fines, you can get your license reinstated. An indefinite suspension isn’t about a date in the future. It’s about meeting certain demands placed on you. This may be a matter of paying fines, taking certain courses, or having a medical review to make sure you are able to drive safely.
A revoked license, on the other hand, is a completely canceled license. To drive again, an individual will have to pay any required fines and go through the entire licensing process again to get a new license.
Overall, a revocation is a more serious penalty than a suspension. It is harder to regain driving privileges and usually involves more serious reasons for the state taking action.
Penalties for Driving While Suspended or Revoked in North Carolina
Trying to get by without a license can be incredibly difficult, and it can lead some to tempt fate and drive anyway. However, the penalties for driving while a license is revoked or suspended in North Carolina are severe. If you are caught driving on either a suspended or revoked license, you risk a fine, an extension of your suspension (if you have a suspended license), and even jail time.
While the precise penalties will depend on your circumstances, it is possible to spend up to 120 days in jail for violating your license suspension or revocation.
Appealing a Suspended or Revoked North Carolina Driver’s License
There are better ways to get back your driving privileges than by taking that risk. With an attorney on your side, you can appeal your license revocation and receive a hearing in which your lawyer requests that your license privileges be returned. A suspended license lawyer in North Carolina can also argue for a suspension to be overturned or shortened.
Contact North Carolina Attorneys About Suspended & Revoked License Today!
If you have had your license suspended or revoked in North Carolina, the lawyers at Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., can help. Contact us today by phone or online so we can help you get back on the road and get back to your life as soon as possible.
A native North Carolinian and a fourth-generation lawyer, Ralph W. Meekins literally had the desire to help those who are not able to help themselves as well as to be a practical life adviser to people in his blood.