Sunday, April 28, 2013

Minnesota Driver's License Issues (Explained)

Driving after your license has been suspended, revoked, or cancelled is a criminal offense in Minnesota.  A conviction for these offenses can have not only consequences on your criminal record, but can cause further damage to the status of your driving privileges.  If you have been charged with a license violation, contact an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney that can help.

Types of License Violations

In Minnesota, your driver’s license can be either suspended, revoked, or cancelled.  Suspension occurs usually when you fail to renew your license on time, fail to pay a fine or appear in court, or are convicted of certain minor traffic offenses.  Revocation occurs when you commit more serious traffic violations such as DWI/DUI.  Driving with a suspended or revoked license is a misdemeanor offense.

If the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) considers you a dangerous driver, they may cancel your license as inimical to public safety.  Driving after receiving this cancellation is a gross misdemeanor, carrying a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.

MN DPS may also put restrictions on the hours you can use or driver’s license, or may require that you not consume any alcohol or drugs.  Violation of these restrictions is also a crime.

Penalities for License Violations

The consequences for being convicted of a license violation depend on the circumstances of your case, your criminal history, and your driving record.  They may include the following:

  • Fines
  • Probation
  • Jail
  • Community service
  • Additional license revocation

Have additional questions? Call the Rolloff Law Office for a free consultation --- (612) 234-1165.


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