If you have a suspended license, and pay the fines, will your license be reinstated at time fees are paid? 13 Answers as of October 18, 2012

Arrested for suspended license due to unpaid tickets and other charges. If you cannot pay fine, what happens next?

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The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq. | John J. Carney
If your license was suspended for unpaid tickets and not a DWI then it will be plead to a 511-1 violation and you will pay a $150 fine and $120 surcharge after you pay off the tickets. You should get a public defender and get the case adjourned until you pay off the tickets.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 10/18/2012
Dennis P. Mikko Attorney at Law | Dennis P. Mikko
Your license stays suspended.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 10/16/2012
Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC
Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC | Lacy Fields
No, you have to go through the license reinstatement process (if you qualify for reinstatement). You must send Dept of Revenue all the documents they require and pay a reinstatement fee (around $16). However, if you plead guilty to driving while suspended or while revoked, your license will typically be re-suspended or re-revoked. That is why it is so important to get an attorney for a DWS or DWR; an attorney can prevent that from happening.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Replied: 10/15/2012
Timothy J. Thill P.C.
Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
This depends on why your license is suspended in the first place. You should visit the DMV and determine the basis of the suspension, if for unpaid tickets, perhaps you can clear them up, and get your license reinstated.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 10/15/2012
Law Offices of Matthew M. Friedrich, PLLC | Matthew M. Friedrich
Generally, once you pay all fines and costs you owe to a court, that court will issue you a clearance and will notify the Secretary of State that the suspensions have been cleared, so that the suspension on that/those tickets can be terminated. Once all suspensions are terminated, you will have to pay a reinstatement fee to the SOS to get a license. That assumes you have no responsibility fees, etc., which might be affecting your driving privileges.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 10/15/2012
    Fairlie & Lippy, P.C.
    Fairlie & Lippy, P.C. | Steven Fairlie
    Don't just pay the fine. If you do your license will be suspended for at least another year. You should always consult a lawyer before making a decision like this.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 10/15/2012
    Dunnings Law Firm
    Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
    Your license is suspended if you can't pay.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 10/15/2012
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Nope. Paying off the fine is simply a term of probation, and has nothing to do with whether you get your license back and when.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/15/2012
    Leonard A. Kaanta, P.C. | Leonard A. Kaanta
    The secretary of state will add more time to the suspension.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 10/15/2012
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    It depends on the reason for your suspension. You can contact the Department of Licensing and find out what it will take to get you reinstated. It generally helps a great deal to be licensed and insured at your next court date. Most prosecutors will give you a significant break if you are licensed and insured.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 10/15/2012
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    Get money and pay all the fines that caused the license to be suspended. Get proof that you have done so and your license is now good. Take that proof to the court before you plead to anything on the present ticket. With that your or your lawyer may be able to work out something that will not suspend you license any more. Conviction of driving while suspended gets you a further suspension of your license.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 10/15/2012
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    Your license will not be reinstated at the time the fees are paid. You have two problems: (1) the criminal driving on a suspended license; and (2) the suspended license. After you pay the fine on the criminal charges, the license will still be suspended. If you cannot pay the fine, you will placed on probation, and have a few months to pay the fine. If you still cannot pay, the judge may order you to do community service. If you refuse to do community service, then the next step is to violate your probation and stick you in jail.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 10/15/2012
    Law Offices of Carl Spector
    Law Offices of Carl Spector | Carl Spector
    Your may also be responsible to pay a restoration fee, therefore your license will not automatically be reinstated.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 10/15/2012
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