Potential Consequences of Driving While Suspended in Oregon

In 2017, a sheriff’s office in southern Oregon issued 984 citations to drivers who already had a suspended license. There are three levels of charges for driving while suspended in Oregon—violation, misdemeanor, and felony. We briefly detail the potential consequences of driving while suspended in Oregon andhow someone might commit each of these three different crimes.

Violation Driving While Suspended

Action Committed

This is the least serious offense and is a Class A traffic violation. If you drive with a suspended or revoked license, the court will still charge you for the offense—even if it is not considered a misdemeanor or felony.

Possible Consequences

The potential consequence is most likely a substantial fine. The maximum fine amount is $720.

Misdemeanor Driving While Suspended

Action Committed

A misdemeanor DWS is a Class A offense. A person will be charged with this crime if they drive a car on public premises after they have been charged with one of the following acts:

  • Recklessly endangering another person with a car
  • Menacing or criminal mischief
  • Perjury or false statements to the DMV
  • Refusing to take an intoxication test
  • Failing an intoxication test

Possible Consequences

The maximum penalty for a Class A misdemeanor is one year in jail. You may also receive probation or community service in addition to the fines you must pay. The minimum fine you’ll have to pay is $1,000.

Felony Driving While Suspended

Action Committed

Felony DWS is a Class B felony. You will be charged with this offense if your license was revoked or suspended due to some of the following convictions:

  • Murder, manslaughter, or criminally negligent homicide with a vehicle
  • Felony driving under the influence
  • Aggravated vehicular homicide

Possible Consequences

You may receive up to 10 years in prison if you receive the maximum penalty for a Class B felony. You will most likely get incarcerated for a felony DWS. If your license was suspended due to driving under the influence, you may be subject to a minimum fine of $1,000 the first time you are convicted of driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Reasons Why Your License May Get Suspended

There are numerous actions that could result in a suspended driver’s license—and some are more serious than others. Here are a few examples:

  • Murder, manslaughter, or criminally negligent homicide with a vehicle
  • Certain drug offenses
  • Fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer
  • Criminal trespassing with a vehicle
  • Failing to report an accident when you are required to do so
  • Contributing to an accident that kills someone
  • Habitually incompetent, reckless, or negligent when it comes to driving
  • Commit a serious driving violation

Find Legal Help

If you get your license suspended or revoked and continue to drive, you will face serious consequences. Whatever criminal situation you find yourself in, you want to make sure that you have a strong and reliable Beaverton criminal defense attorney in your corner.