Automobile travel is one of the most important aspects of today’s economy. Without a driver’s license, one will have a difficult time getting a job, keeping a job or even getting to the store for basic needs such as groceries and clothing. Needless to say, having a valid driver’s license is not just a convenience, it is a necessity.
Unfortunately, more and more people are finding themselves without a driver’s license because they have been convicted of a crime. This loss of license is often avoidable if you recognize the pitfalls and understand that a great many charges can negatively affect your Pennsylvania driving privilege.
Most people know that a DUI conviction will result in a loss of license for at least a year, yet many fail to realize that even those who receive a pre-trial diversion like ARD for their DUI are still likely to subject themselves to a brief suspension. Other offenses which carry license suspensions include: Possession of Controlled Substance; Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana; and Possessing Altered, Forged, or Counterfeit Documents or Plates.
Suspensions can also result from continuing to drive while your license is suspended and even failing to respond or pay a traffic ticket. Needless to say, it is always a good idea to consult with a qualified lawyer when faced with a court appearance on a criminal charge or traffic citation. Having an attorney on your side who knows the law is a key safeguard in protecting your driving privilege.