For the nearly one in five North Carolina drivers who operate their vehicles without a license, every day is a gamble. Drivers with a suspended license, revoked license or a denied license who operate their vehicles anyway face a 120-day jail sentence and numerous fines if they are cited.
One of the financial tolls this penalty may take is that a person’s vehicle insurance is automatically canceled if a driver’s license is revoked. That can leave many drivers financially vulnerable. Without car insurance, the responsible party is on the hook for injury and damage payments in the event of a crash.
Police officers in the state say they are more likely to catch a license violation than a drunk or distracted driver during traffic stops. A recent checkpoint station in Mecklenburg County showed that nearly half of the violations were related to license revocation or suspension.
Licenses can be revoked for both moving violations and non-driving reasons. Drug possession, nonpayment of child support, and even littering can be grounds for license revocation or suspension. Outstanding parking tickets, selling alcohol to a minor and criminal mischief also fall in this category. Moving violations are more commonly known and understood. Drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding, vehicular homicide, and other severe charges can prompt revocation or suspension.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows that more people have their licenses revoked for non-driving reasons than as a result of moving violations. This means that not everyone loses their license because they’re menaces behind the wheel. Simple mistakes or instances of bad judgment can result in this penalty, so dealing with the incident quickly is best.
It is important to recognize that you are not alone if your license has been suspended or revoked. The fact is that there are many drivers who have had their driving privileges revoked, but there are ways to have them reinstated and move forward. Consulting a qualified traffic violation lawyer can speed the process.