The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) keeps your driving record --- it contains information about driving and licensing violations in the State of Minnesota, as well as in other states. They also have the ability to withdrawn your privilege to drive by suspending, revoking or cancelling it if you are found guilty of following serious or frequent traffic violations. This is a complicated charge ... and may require some assistance from an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney.
If you plead guilty and your license is withdrawn, DPS will send you a notice of withdrawal and a list of requirements to have your driver’s license reinstated. Here is what to expect:
Driving After Cancellation
Driving after cancellation (DAC) is one of the most commonly charged crimes in the state of Minnesota. It refers to a person that has had their driver’s license or driving privileges cancelled and been given notice of the cancellation, but disobeys the order by operating any motor vehicle while the person’s license or privilege is cancelled. It is also the most serious offense as it often relates to the driver having a number of driving while impaired violations.
Why your license may be cancelled:
- Acquire a mental or physical disability that makes you incapable of driving a motor vehicle safely;
- Do not pass a test that is legally requested by DPS to determine your ability to drive safely;
- Give false or misleading information on your license application;
- Commit a crime for which cancellation of your license is a legal punishment;
- Do not qualify for a driver’s license under Minnesota law
DAC can be charged either as a misdemeanor or a gross misdemeanor depending on the reason for the cancellation in the first place. A misdemeanor offense is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1000 fine.
If the driving privilege was cancelled as inimical to public (DAC - IPS) safety as a result of multiple DWI convictions, the subsequent DAC will likely be charged as a gross misdemeanor.
If the DAC is charged as a gross misdemeanor you will face up to a year of jail time and a $3,000 fine per count.
Similarly, if you plead guilty to or are convicted of driving after cancellation, you automatically lose your license for at least 30 days. This is true even if you had your license valid again before entering your guilty plea to the DAC.
If you need help with a DAC-IPS charge, call the Rolloff Law Office for a FREE CONSULTATION: (612) 234-1165