One of the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol ("DUI") is that your driver's license is typically suspended. Depending on how intoxicated you were at the time of your arrest and how many previous DUI's you have had, the length of the license suspension varies widely. However, regardless of whether your suspension is 30 days or 18 months, it is extremely important to not risk driving during the suspension.
If you are caught driving while your license has been suspended as a result of a DUI, and are convicted of doing so, your license will be suspended for an additional 12 months regardless of the circumstances surrounding your original DUI conviction. Therefore, the court treats a first time DUI offender the same way it treats a person with five previous DUI's when it comes to driving on a suspended license. A suspension of an additional 12 months can obviously complicate your everyday life and make simple tasks such as getting to and from work extremely difficult.
If you are charged with driving on a DUI suspended license, there are a number of ways to defend the charges. For example, one defense is that the Commonwealth must prove that your received notice that your license was suspended. An attorney may be able to establish that you were not properly served with your suspension and that you had no idea that you were violating any law. If you have been charged with driving on a DUI suspended license, it is important to consult an attorney to review your case. The attorney will be able to explain all of the potential consequences you may face and the defenses available to you.
Contact an experienced DUI defense attorney at our Pittsburgh law office, Gusty A. E. Sunseri & Associates, for help with any DUI related matter.