In Virginia, operating a motor vehicle without the sufficient privileges to do so is criminal in nature. Numerous laws exist, and while our Fairfax criminal defense attorney can handle most types of charges, we cover three of the most common charges on our website. After the links to these three top charges, you can access the general license suspension and revocation page and our Fairfax County traffic court information and tips page. Our Virginia traffic attorney serves clients in most Northern Virginia jurisdictions, not solely Fairfax County.
Based on a recent analysis of public arrest records, several of the most common criminal offenses were revealed to be violations of insufficient motor vehicle privileges. These offenses are criminal violations, as opposed to mere traffic infractions. Be careful not to confuse the charges on this page with the non-criminal traffic infraction for failing to possess a license. The names of these Virginia Code sections may be misleading to a non-lawyer. If charged with a driver’s license offense, we suggest checking your Virginia Uniform Summons to determine the Virginia Code section number (to ensure you read the correct page related to your charge).
According to the 2013 analysis, the most common offense was Virginia Code § 46.2-300, “Driving without a license.” About 12% of the criminal arrests publicly reported for a given period in 2013 resulted from violations of this offense. This offense is punishable as a Class 1 or Class 2 misdemeanor (jail time and substantial fines are a possibility if convicted).
Not far behind “Driving without a license,” and accounting for nearly 11% of arrests, is Virginia Code § 46.2-301, “Driving while license, permit, or privilege to drive suspended or revoked.” This criminal offense is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. Unlike many other Class 1 misdemeanors, however, certain offenders may face mandatory jail time.
A far less frequently violated offense (less than 1% of arrests), yet usually more severely punished, is Virginia Code § 18.2-272, “Driving after forfeiture.” Typically, this offense is charged when a person drives with a suspended license in VA following a DWI conviction. This charge may be punished as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the facts and circumstances of the case.
If you are facing a drivers license-related offense and are due to appear before a court in Northern Virginia…then regardless of whether you face a violation of 46.2-300, 46.2-301, 18.2-272, some other license offense…or a non-license traffic-related criminal offense (such as a reckless driving, DWI, or something else), call our Virginia traffic lawyer for a free case evaluation.
He will be happy to listen as you explain your case and offer his professional opinion on your case’s weaknesses, strengths, potential defenses, and the estimated cost of representation.
The Criminal Defense Law firm of Jad Sarsour represents clients throughout Northern Virginia and regularly appears in all courts, including Fairfax County | Fairfax City | Prince William County | Arlington County | Alexandria City | Loudoun County | Federal Court (Eastern District/VA)