14601.1 (a) is a traffic ticket that can be charged as a misdemeanor or an infraction.
If charged as a misdemeanor, your case will be handled in criminal court and will be prosecuted by the District Attorney or City Attorney.
If your case is handled as an infraction, it will be prosecuted in traffic court.
If you’ve already received a conviction of VC 14601.1 as a misdemeanor, you may want to consider hiring an expungement attorney in order to prevent an adverse effect on your future employment.
Although an expunged misdemeanor will not remove points from your DMV record, it comes with benefits such as allowing you to truthfully state you don’t have a criminal record, and it prevents employers from using the conviction adversely against you.
What Are the Consequences of a 14601.1 (a) Driving With a Suspended License Charge?
VC 14601.1 Effect on Your Criminal Record
If treated as a misdemeanor, VC 14601.1 (a) can result in jail time, fines, probation, and a conviction on your criminal record that would appear if a criminal background check were conducted.
If treated as an infraction, a driving with a suspended license conviction will result in fines, but no jail time and no criminal conviction.
By definition, an infraction is punishable by fines only, and a misdemeanor is punishable by jail time in addition to fines.
VC 14601.1 Effect on Your DMV Record
Whether your driving with a suspended license charge is treated as a misdemeanor or an infraction, this charge is a moving violation and will result in 2 points on your DMV record if you are convicted.
Additionally, you cannot use traffic school to keep these points off of your DMV record because any moving violation that results in 2 points rather than 1 point is ineligible for traffic school.
The reason you don’t want to receive points on your DMV record is because one or more DMV points can result in higher insurance premiums, as well as bring you one step closer to a negligent operator suspension.
Find the Reason You are Charged with VC 14601.1
Often, a driver’s license becomes suspended because you have a failure to appear in traffic court.
In Los Angeles County, if you fail to appear on a Los Angeles traffic ticket, your ticket will be referred to GC Services, a collections agency that collects on unpaid traffic tickets for the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
GC Services may try to send you threatening letters or call you to try and convince you to pay them. But don’t pay GC Services until you read this because you can unwittingly damage your criminal record and DMV record by paying GC Services.
In many cases, you can still get the hold cleared from your driver’s license so you can get your license reinstated, without paying GC Services.
If you haven’t seen the judge yet on your traffic ticket, you still have a right to handle your traffic ticket in traffic court rather than pay GC Services.
Further, if your traffic ticket is older than 5 years old, whether you’ve seen the judge or not, the hold will be purged with the DMV and won’t stop you from getting your license anymore – even if you don’t pay it or handle it in court!
These types of offenses can be remedied much more affordably when you handle them in court because you have an opportunity to show the court your valid insurance or registration for a $25 dismissal fee in most cases. (For comparison, GC Services would want over $800 for a no insurance ticket.)
Get Help With Your 14601.1 (a) Driving on a Suspended License Charge
As a Los Angeles traffic ticket attorney, I’ve handled hundreds of VC 14601.1 charges and probably thousands of traffic tickets that were the reason for the suspended license in the first place.
As an attorney I can help you fight the VC 14601.1 (a) charge and aim to get your case dismissed or amended to a non-moving violation, such as driving without a license under VC 12500.
In addition I can help you clear the underlying traffic tickets causing the suspension of your driver’s license.
You can reach me, Attorney Paul Denni, for a free consultation by clicking below.