Driving While You Have a Suspended License

Interviewer: What happens if you drive while your license is suspended for suspicion of OVI? What are some of the penalties you can incur if you are pulled over?

Dale: The penalties are pretty close the same you would face being charged with Driving While Intoxicated. Driving under OVI suspension is a misdemeanor of the first degree. It is a minimum of three days in jail. It’s fines between $250 and $1,000. It’s a one-year mandatory suspension, and immobilization of your vehicle for 30 days.

So, the penalties ARE significant. And if you receive subsequent charges, the penalties can escalate. If you get a second driving under an OVI in six years, you get 10 days in jail, up to a year; a $500 fine up to a $2,500 fine. You get a mandatory license suspension again, and your vehicle will be immobilized for 60 days.

Interviewer: So, even if you are absolutely sober, but you are driving while license is suspended, and you have not yet been convicted for the OVI you will still have the penalties?

By Dale Naticchia