California Suspended License

California Vehicle Code 14601 says it is against the law to drive when you know that your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked.


The reasons for the revocation or suspension may include (but are not limited to) mental or physical disabilities, Being declared a negligent operator for too many points on your license,


an/or a DUI conviction.



California driving on a suspended license is a misdemeanor, whit can lead to large fines and time in jail.


Driving with a suspended or revoked license in California is punished differently depending on the reason why your license was originally suspended.

Legal defenses

In any case, you are not guilty of driving on a suspended license under Vehicle Code 14601 VC unless the district attorney proves that you knew your license was suspended.


KNOWLEDGE is the key element in this offense, and that is the bbest way to challenge to prosecutor because it is difficult to prove. An experienced California criminal defense attorney may be able to help you get your charge of driving on a suspended license reduced or even thrown out by leveraging the defense of “lack of knowledge.”

Other defences are to prove that the original suspension was improper, or that you had a right to drive under a restricted license.

To help you understand California’s driving laws our Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys will address the following:

Legal Definition of Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License in California
California Statutes on Driving with Privileges Suspended or Revoked
Vehicle Code 14601(a) VC - License Suspended / Revoked for Specific Offenses
Vehicle Code 14601.1(a) VC - License Revoked / Suspended for General Offenses
Vehicle Code 14601.2(a) VC - License Revoked / Suspended for DUI
Vehicle Code 14601.3(a) VC - Habitual Traffic Offenders
Vehicle Code 14601.5(a) VC - Driver's License Suspensions / Revocations in General
Penalties for Vehicle Code 14601 VC (Driving with a Suspended License) Offenses
Legal Defenses for Vehicle Code 14601 VC Charges
Vehicle Code 12500 VC Driving Without a License
California DMV Hearings
If you have additional questions we invite you to contact the Law Offices of Marc Grossman for a free consultation.

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If you or a loved one is charged with Vehicle Code 14601 driving on a suspended license and you want to hire an attorney for representation, we invite you to contact us at the Law Offices of Marc Grossman. We provide a free consultations in office or by phone. We have local offices in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Pasadena, Ventura, Orange County, Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside, and throughout California.

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