California Penal Code 14601(a) VC Driving on a Suspended License

What are the factors or elements for 14601(a) VC Driving on a Suspended License?

Under, California Vehicle Code 14601 and its related sections it is a crime to drive when you know that your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked.

The reasons for the suspension or revocation may include (but are not limited to):

  • Being declared a negligent operator for too many points on your license,
  • A mental or physical disability, and/or
  • A conviction for DUI.

Legal Consequences:

California driving on a suspended license offenses are misdemeanor crimes, subjecting you to possible county jail time and substantial fines.

The crime of driving with a suspended or revoked driving privilege in California is treated differently depending on why your license was suspended or revoked in the first place. The penalty varies based on this initial reason.


How can we defend you against charges of California Penal Code 14601(a) VC Driving on a Suspended License? 

No matter why your driver’s license was initially suspended or revoked, you are not guilty of driving on a suspended license under Vehicle Code 14601 VC and its related sections unless a prosecutor can prove that you knew your license was suspended or revoked.

This knowledge requirement is a key element of the crime . . . and it can be difficult for the prosecutor to prove. A seasoned California criminal defense attorney may be able to help you get your driving on a suspended license charge reduced or even dismissed by asserting the legal defense of “lack of knowledge.”

Alternatively, you may be able to argue that the original suspension/revocation of your license was invalid…or that you had the right to drive under a restricted license.

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