Will I serve jailtime for driving on a suspended license? 12 Answers as of February 24, 2012

Will I receive jailtime for 2 driving while suspended and 2 failure to appears? If so approx how long? My license is suspended for a DUI.

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Law Offices of Michael Stephenson
Law Offices of Michael Stephenson | Michael Stephenson
California Vehicle Code 14601 and its related sections prohibit driving when you *know* that your drivers license has been suspended or revoked. These offenses are misdemeanor crimes, subjecting you to possible county jail time and substantial fines.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/19/2011
LynchLaw
LynchLaw | Michael Thomas Lynch
Each driving on a suspended comes with a possible 6 month sentence. You could also be found to be in violation of your DUI conviction and be sentenced on that case. However, often the DA just wants to record the violation and you can be found in violation of your probation, placed back on probation without having to serve any jail time. Hire an attorney.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/18/2011
Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
It is quite possible. No attorney can predict the outcome, nor even give an intelligent opinion, without reviewing and knowing all the charges, evidence, reports, testimony, priors history, etc. However, effective plea-bargaining, using whatever legal defenses, facts and sympathies there may be, could possibly keep you out of jail, or at least dramatically reduce it, depending upon all the facts. Not exactly a do it yourself project in court for someone who does not know how to effectively represent himself against a professional prosecutor intending to convict. If you don't know how to do these things effectively, then hire an attorney that does, who will try to get a dismissal, diversion program, reduction or other decent outcome through plea bargain, or take it to trial. If serious about hiring counsel to help you in this, and if this is in SoCal courts, feel free to contact me. Ill be happy to help use whatever defenses there may be.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/17/2011
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
That will depend on the judge. You could get one year in county jail.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/16/2011
Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller
Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller | Thomas Mueller
There is a good chance the Judge will impose some jail for those offenses. Our office is usually successful in changing that to community service. For more info or a fee quote call.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/16/2011
    Law Office of Michael Bialys THE DUI MAN
    Law Office of Michael Bialys THE DUI MAN | Michael Bialys
    It may be possible to avoid jail time if we can get your license issues straightened out.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/24/2012
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    Jail time: yes, potential to do that on a work release program. Reason is your record. Cannot say how long. Other factors relevant to that idea are not stated (prior convictions, VOP for the DUI, etc) and unknown (tendencies of the judge).
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/16/2011
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
    It's possible, but a good attorney can probably ensure that you don't. You need to get an attorney ASAP to clear your warrants. If you get picked up on the FTA warrants there is a very good chance that you will not be able to bail out until you serve some time.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/16/2011
    Law Office of Joseph A. Katz
    Law Office of Joseph A. Katz | Joseph A. Katz
    You can receive up to six months in jail for a first violation of California Vehicle Code section 14601.1 and up to a year for a second violation. You can receive up to six months more for the Failure to Appear (CVC 40508(a)). That said, if you calendar your case and appear, and have some remotely plausible reason for failing to appear, depending up the Court, Judge or Commissioner, and the County in which your case will be heard, you should be able to pay fines, complete some Work Release service and be released on probation. There will almost certainly be a custody component to your sentence. Some Courts are harsher and would make you serve a modest amount of custody time inside the jail, but that is not likely in most jurisdictions. Your problems are not over, though. Since your license was suspended for a DUI, and you had a prior, the law provides that you receive a sentence of at least 30 days. Also, you will have to install an Ignition Interlock Device. Count yourself fortunate if you obtain any result with less than all of these terms.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/16/2011
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
    There is a minimum of 10 days jail for a first offense violation of VC 14601.2 if that is what you are charge with. Since you are charged with two of them you might want to invest in an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/16/2011
    Law Offices of Phil Hache
    Law Offices of Phil Hache | Phil Hache
    If you have 2 driving while license is suspended violations, and two failure two appears, there is a chance that you will be looking at jail time if there are convictions on the two charges....and the failure to appears is not helping. What court(s) are the charges in. That can make a difference as well as the circumstances behind the case, and if there are plausible reasons for the failure to appear. Contact me at 1duilawyer.com if you would like to discuss in further detail.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/16/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    The statutory minimum for a VC 14601.2 is 10 days in county jail. Unless the charge is reduced to a VC 14601.1 or VC 12500(a), you must serve jail time.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/16/2011
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