Everyone knows that you need a valid driver’s license to operate a motor vehicle. All 50 states impose harsh consequences for people who violate these laws. However, sometimes people make mistakes and continue to drive without a valid driver’s license. Other times, people might not realize that their license is still invalid.
If you are like most drivers, you likely need your license to get to and from work or to take care of your family. If you are caught driving with a suspended license, how can you defend yourself against the charges?
Possible defenses worth exploring
In South Carolina, you must pay fines and complete several mandatory requirements before having your license reinstated. These requirements include completing any court-ordered penalties and paying all imposed fees and fines. Thankfully, you are not without options.
Here are a few reasons why it might be possible to defend yourself against charges that arise from driving on a suspended license:
- No one from the court system informed you that your license was suspended.
- Your license was suspended even though you already paid for your traffic violations.
- You had to drive for an emergency, such as taking your child to the hospital after an injury.
If you’re facing charges for traffic violations, discussing your case with an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you determine the best defense options for your particular situation. Without knowing the full details associated with your case, a lawyer cannot guarantee any of the above defenses will be successful for you.