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The violations associated with driver’s licenses

On Behalf of | Dec 10, 2020 | Criminal Defense |

Ideally, you should always carry your driver’s license with you whenever you are behind the wheel. This way, in the unlikely event that a law enforcement official pulls you over, you can show that you have a valid license, and you have the right to be driving.

However, even if you happen to forget your driver’s license and you are pulled over, you won’t be arrested for simply being unable to produce proof of your license. However, you could be in much more serious trouble if you are knowingly driving without a valid license or with a suspended license. The following are some of the most common types of violations associated with driver’s licenses.

Driving with an expired license

You should always be aware of when your driver’s license is due to expire and renew it in good time. It is illegal to drive with an expired license, therefore it’s likely that you will be fined or even face more serious consequences if doing this. To defend yourself, you may be able to argue that you were not knowingly driving with an expired license and that it was an honest mistake.

Failing to show proof of a valid license

Simply forgetting your wallet while driving and being unable to show proof of your license will not result in serious implications. However, it’s possible that the law enforcement official will request that you give proof of your driver’s license within a certain time frame.

Driving with a revoked or suspended license

One of the most serious driver’s license violations is the act of driving with a revoked or temporarily suspended license. For example, if your driver’s license is suspended due to a DUI charge and you continue to drive regardless, you could face a complete revocation of your license.

If you are worried about a possible license violation, it is important that you fully understand the law in Michigan so that you can defend yourself appropriately.