There are any number of circumstances that could result in someone losing their driving license. The most obvious is for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but did you know you could have your license suspended if negligent in paying child support? Another sure fire way is if your traffic violations have hit the roof, and they outweigh judicial tolerance. You will get a notice to appear before a judge, and your license will be suspended. Since a court can’t take away your right to livelihood, there are different types of suspensions, some more restrictive than others. Some complete and some partial.
When the “horseless carriage” became more common place it was clear that the State would need to make set-up roadway standards for this exciting new invention. Motorized vehicles were becoming ubiquitous, and it was important that regulations be put in place as to who was qualified to drive an automobile, and under what circumstances.
Other concerns regarded care and the building of our roadway system. Building and keeping the roads and bridges in good repair, street lamps lit and fences mended to prevent livestock from wandering onto the road, initially all came under the Motor Vehicle Department’s jurisdiction. The growing infrastructure of repair and maintenance was later moved to the Division of Public Works and then later the DOT, the Department of Transportation.
What happens if your license has expired and you’re pulled over while driving? Well it depends on whether you knew it or not. For example, if your license expired because of a missed renewal on your birthday, then it’s not a serious offense. We are all subject to busy lives, and not always on top of the exact time that our driving permit has run past its renewal date. This offense is regarded as a simple civil infraction. Life happens. This generally is treated like an ordinary ticket. A note to the wise, take the option to pay your fine in person rather than just mailing it in. This shows the court that there wasn’t any criminal intent on your part. Showing up in person also may save you points and a few bucks.
If you are aware of driving with a suspended or expired license then you are facing criminal charges. It will show on the record the police officer pulls up on his cruiser’s laptop. Now you’re in trouble! The officer has the option to take you directly to jail, do not pass go and you definetly do not collect $200. Instead your vehicle is towed to the impound yard and your the guests of the local lock-up. Then again, you might get lucky – although at this point you should not be counting on luck – the officer may just issue you a ticket with a notice to appear before a judge. The latter is only likely if, #1 the officer isn’t suffering from indigestion #2 you look trustworthy and have no priors #3 the officer’s dog didn’t die that day #4 the person he pulled over prior to you did not have potty mouth. If you find yourself in this situation, you’ll need to hire an attorney.