The short answer is YES, you do need a lawyer for you driving on a suspended license charge. You should never fight a criminal case on your own. Driving on a suspended license can be a violation of Iowa Code Sections 321.218 or 321J.21.
Iowa Code Section 321.218 makes driving on a suspended license a simple misdemeanor punishable by:
- Up to 30 days in jail
- A fine of $250 – $1500
- An additional suspension of your driving privileges for up to one year.
Section 321J.21 of the Iowa Code makes driving while your license is suspended due to an OWI/DWI/DUI a serious misdemeanor punishable by:
- Up to 1 year in jail
- $1,000 fine
- An additional suspension of your driving privileges for the same amount of time as your current suspension (i.e. 6 months added onto a prior 6 month suspension).
Usually, if you’re driving on a suspended license you’re caught red-handed. So why do you need a lawyer for a driving on a suspended license charge? Well, for one thing the stop of your vehicle may have been unconstitutional. If it was, you may be able to fight the charge. More often, an attorney can negotiate a deal for you that mitigates the consequences of the suspended license charge. Sometimes, an attorney can get the charge dismissed in favor of community service, etc.
If you are facing a charge of driving on a suspended license, lawyers Nick Sarcone and Dean Stowers at Stowers & Sarcone, PLC can help. We have defended hundreds of suspended license cases and are confident we can achieve the best outcome for you. You do need a lawyer for a driving on a suspended license charge! Call us today. 515.224.7446