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Driving While License Under Suspension Breakdown

Driving While License Under Suspension Breakdown

In Oklahoma, it is unlawful to drive a motor vehicle on public roads, streets, highways, turnpikes or other public place when a person’s privilege to do so has been canceled, denied, suspended or revoked.

Oklahoma law requires an individual to surrender his/her license if it is suspended, revoked or canceled.

There are stiff penalties for driving without a valid license in Oklahoma.

  1. For a first conviction, $100.00 to $500.00;
  2. For a second conviction, $200.00 to $750.00; or
  3. For a third and subsequent conviction, $300.00 to $1,000.00,

or by imprisonment for not more than one (1) year or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Each act of driving on the highways as prohibited shall constitute a separate offense.[1]

In addition, penalties increase if the person commits the offense while their license is currently canceled, denied, suspended or revoked:

  1. For a first conviction, $500.00 to $1,000.00;
  2. For a second conviction, $1,000.00 to $2,000.00; or
  3. For a third and subsequent conviction, $2,000.00 to $5,000.00,

or by imprisonment for not more than one (1) year or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Each act of driving on the highways as prohibited shall constitute a separate offense.[2]

The relevant elements of Driving Under Suspension/Revocation in Oklahoma are as follows:

No person may be convicted of driving under suspension/revocation unless the State has proven beyond a reasonable doubt each element of the crime. These elements are:

First, the defendant drove a motor vehicle upon a public road/street/highway/ turnpike/(public place) in Oklahoma;

[Second, while his/her (driver’s/operator’s license)/(privilege to drive a motor vehicle) was cancelled/denied/suspended/revoked.]

OR

[Second, while he/she was disqualified from driving.][3]

Never Plead Guilty or No Contest to an Oklahoma Driving While License Under Suspension or Revocation Charge without first talking to an experienced Tulsa criminal defense attorney. Contact our office to speak with an experienced license suspension attorney in Tulsa.

[1] 47 O.S. 6-303(B).

[2] 47 O.S. 6-303(C).

[3] Oklahoma Uniform Jury Instructions, OUJI-CR 6-27.

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