When the Secretary of State has suspended your driver’s license, or revoked your license, and you drive, you may get charged with “Driving While License Suspended/Revoked/Denied.” Many police officers will just write DWLS on your ticket. A few police departments will write the charge as DDS, for “Driving During Suspension.” They still have to have a legal reason for pulling you over, before they can charge you with the offense. Even if you just have an unpaid ticket, or an unpaid Driver Responsibility Fee, you can still be charged with DWLS. A first offense carries a ninety-three day maximum jail sentence. A second offense carries up to one year! What can be worse than the fines and possible jail is something called a Section 904 Additional Suspension or Revocation, which can lengthen the amount of time you have to wait to get back a driver’s license, or the amount of time you have to wait to even have a chance to try for a driver’s license restoration.
There are situations where a person charged with DWLS/R/D can avoid these consequences. Getting the assistance of experienced traffic attorney Frank B. Ford is critical!