Driving with a Suspended License Charge reduced to No License in Possession in Fairfax County
Client was stopped and cited for Driving on a Suspended License. She had sustained a DWI conviction many years ago and had never reinstated her license with the DMV even though she was eligible. She had been able to get around just fine so never needed to drive until recently. The issue here is driving on a suspended license because of a DWI is considered an aggravating factor.
In these types of cases we always recommend our clients get reinstated and validly licensed before their court date. This way we can show the court that our client now has a valid driver's license. We also had our client take a driver improvement course before court for added mitigation simply to show good faith.
Because our client had complied and gotten her license the driving on a suspended license charge was reduced to driving without a license in possession. This amended charge is likened to simply driving while validly licensed but that the person didn't have their license on them at the time (e.g. left their license at home). It is also an infraction and not a misdemeanor. And since she's gone through the steps of getting her driver's license back she doesn't need to worry about driving and can carry on with her life.
Practice area(s): Speeding / Traffic Ticket
Court: Fairfax County General District Court