What to do if I have 2 seperate tickets for driving with a suspended license but my license suspension was something I was unaware of?

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What to do if I have 2 seperate tickets for driving with a suspended license but my license suspension was something I was unaware of?

I had received a seperate ticket about 2 or 3 months before my 2 tickets that was for underage drinking. I went to court for that and got thingsa settled with a minor fee, a 4 hour class, and 30 hours community service. I received a letter weeks after that court date stating that if I did not pay the amount fee of $65 I believe that they would suspend my license. This letter gave me an option to pay with a credit card. I was 17 back when this happened so i gave my father the money for him to use his credit card information on my behalf. Everything was taken care of so I thought. I still have the credit card statement.

Asked on December 18, 2012 under Criminal Law, Illinois

Answers:

David West / West & Corvelli

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

This question is very complicated and there are many additional facts I would need to give you good advice.  A person cannot be convicted of driving with a suspended license unless the state gave you notice that your license was suspended.  However, if you were told by a court that your license would be suspended if you did not pay a fee then it could have been suspended for that reason.  Also, $65 is a fee we often see to have a case re-opened when a person misses court.  This re-instates your driver's license for failing to appear in court but only if you show up for your new court date.  If you miss that court date too then your license is re-suspended.

You should seek counsel with an experienced criminal defense attorney who offers free consultations, like myself, and find out exactly what has happened and how it can be fixed.  In most cases we are able to sort all of this out and get you driving again.

David West

Attorney at Law

David West / David West & Associates

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

This question is very complicated and there are many additional facts I would need to give you good advice.  A person cannot be convicted of driving with a suspended license unless the state gave you notice that your license was suspended.  However, if you were told by a court that your license would be suspended if you did not pay a fee then it could have been suspended for that reason.  Also, $65 is a fee we often see to have a case re-opened when a person misses court.  This re-instates your driver's license for failing to appear in court but only if you show up for your new court date.  If you miss that court date too then your license is re-suspended.

You should seek counsel with an experienced criminal defense attorney who offers free consultations, like myself, and find out exactly what has happened and how it can be fixed.  In most cases we are able to sort all of this out and get you driving again.

David West

Attorney at Law


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