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VC 14601. Driving While Privileges Suspended Pursuant to Certain Offenses

I got caught driving without a license.  How much trouble am I in for driving with a suspended license?  What is a 14601?  Should I hire an attorney for my 14601?  Have questions about my 14601? 

Fresno area Criminal Defense law, due to the sprawling nature of the Central Valley and the small outlying communities that it consists of, have a heavy case load of traffic offenses.  Many times a person will have their license suspended for one reason or another, often DUI, Accidents, Speeding Tickets, or a combination of several reasons.  Then, they drive while the license is suspended, and accrue additional points, punishments, fines, and even Jail time.  If you are cited in Fresno County, Madera County, Tulare County, or Kings County for driving on a suspended license, whether it was suspended for DUI, high blood alcohol level, or one of several other reasons, you could be facing fines, 2-points on your driving record, being deemed a negligent operator of motor vehicles, or jail time.  You may want to discuss your case with a lawyer who has experience handling this type of criminal violation.

VC 14601. Driving While Privileges Suspended Pursuant to Certain Offenses

Vehicle Code Section 14601(a) No person shall drive a motor vehicle at any time when that person's driving privilege is suspended or revoked for reckless driving in violation of Section 23103, 23104, or 23105, any reason listed  in subdivision (a) or (c) of Section 12806 authorizing the department to refuse to issue a license, negligent or incompetent operation of a motor vehicle as prescribed in subdivision (e) of Section 12809, or negligent operation as prescribed in Section 12810.5, if the person so driving has knowledge of the suspension or revocation.  Knowledge shall be conclusively presumed if mailed notice has been given by the department to the person pursuant to Section 13106. The presumption established by this subdivision is a presumption affecting the burden of proof.

VC 14601(b) A person convicted under this section shall be punished as follows

(1) Upon a first conviction, by imprisonment in a county jail for not less than five days or more than six months and by a fine of not less than three hundred dollars ($300) or more than one thousand dollars ($1,000).

(2) If the offense occurred within five years of a prior offense that resulted in a conviction of a violation of this section or Section 14601.1, 14601.2, or 14601.5, by imprisonment in a county jail for not less than 10 days or more than one year and by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500) or more than two thousand dollars ($2,000)

(c) If the offense occurred within five years of a prior offense that resulted in a conviction of a violation of this section or section 14601.1, 14601.2, or 14601.5, and is granted probation, the court shall impose as a condition of probation that the person be confined in a county jail for at least 10 days.

(d) Nothing in this section prohibits a person from driving a motor vehicle, that is owned or utilized by the person's employer, during the course of employment on private property that is owned or utilized by the employer, except an off street parking facility as defined in subdivision (c) of Section 12500.

(e) When the prosecution agrees to a plea of guilty or nolo contendre to a charge of a violation of this section satisfaction of, or a substitute for, an original charge of a violation of Section 14601.2, and the court accepts that plea, except in the interest of justice, when the court finds it would be inappropriate, the could shall pursuant to Section 23575, requires the person convicted, in addition to any other requirements, to install a certified ignition interlock device on any vehicle that the persons owns or operates for a period not to exceed three years.

(f) This section also applies to the operation of an off-highway motor vehicle on those lands to which the Chappie-Z-berg Off-Highway Motor Vehicle law of 1971 (divisions 16.5 (commencing with Section 38000)) applies as to off-highway motor vehicles, as described in Section 38001.

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