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Virginia Licensing Offense Consequences

To understand any given license offense, you have to understand all of its consequences: jail time, fines, license suspensions, DMV demerit points, effects on one's DMV and criminal records, effects on probation, effects on employment, effects on auto insurance, effects on immigration, etc.

Driving on a Suspended, Revoked or Invalid License is a Crime

In Virginia, a criminal conviction remains on your permanent criminal record forever. There is no process for expunging criminal convictions in Virginia. Any traffic crime or infraction will remain on your DMV record for three to eleven years depending on the offense. For more information about expunging an infraction, contact a local criminal defense attorney.

Points for Driving on a Suspended or Invalid License in Virginia

All criminal Licensing offenses in Virginia come with 6 points on your DMV record. If you accumulate more than 12 points in 12 months or 18 points in 24 months, the DMV will place restrictions on your right to drive.

For minors, a single demerit point violation will result in a driver improvement course and probation. Two demerit-point violations will result in an automatic suspension followed by probation.

Immigration Consequenses for Driving Without a Valid License

Deportation may become a legitimate concern for aliens convicted of criminal driving license offenses (particularly driving without a valid license). If you are in the country on Temporary Protective Status (TPS), you may lose your legal status in this country if you are convicted of any two criminal offenses. If you are an undocumented alien, there is a possibility of deportation anytime if you serve even a very minor amount of jail time. If you have been charged with a traffic offense and are an undocumented alien or are here legally under TPS status, contact a local traffic attorney immediately.

Driving on a Revoked or Suspended License Effects on Auto Insurance

If you are charged with a traffic offense, there is a possibility that your insurance company may dramatically increase your insurance premiums. Contact your insurance provider and consult with a local traffic attorney to determine whether the charges you are facing may affect your insurance.

Security Clearance and Employment Effects of Driving on a Revoked, Suspended or Invalid License

If you drive for a living, need security clearance or require a background check for your profession, a Virginia license offense may affect your employment.

Additionally, being without a driver's license and going to jail will cost most professional drivers their jobs. A local traffic attorney can both defend you against a conviction and help you try get a restricted license to drive to and for work. A local traffic attorney may also be able to arrange for you to serve jail time on the weekends or sign you up for diversion programs or jail work release programs. Your attorney can also counsel you on how to arrange payment plans with the court in order to prevent a fine-related suspension. If you are concerned about how a conviction may affect your employment, contact a local traffic attorney immediately.