Hidden Cost of Conviction in Virginia: Withholding Privileges

One way the court punishes people convicted of crimes is by withholding privileges.

One of the favorite privileges of the courts to take is your driver’s license. This can be done for convictions that have nothing to do with driving offenses.

For example, if you are convicted of certain drug offenses you will lose your license for six months.

Failure to pay fines and costs will result in an indefinite suspension.

There are many offenses where this penalty is employed by the courts. If your license is suspended the court has the discretion to issue a restricted license so that you can at least manage essential travel such as school, work and childcare needs.

Your criminal defense lawyer, traffic ticket lawyer, or DWI defense lawyer can assist you in obtaining a restricted license. In addition, your defense attorney may be able to reduce or eliminate a suspension by amending the charge or facilitating the correction of whatever problem caused the suspension.

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