There are many reasons why a person could have their driver’s license revoked. Under Missouri law, driving on a suspended or revoked license can result in serious legal and financial penalties. Learn more about the specifics of this statute as well as the legal ramifications with the MRD Lawyers team.
Driving While License Revoked – Felony Statute
Section 302.321 Driving while license or driving privilege is cancelled, suspended or revoked
Citation: MO Rev Stat § 302.321 (2018)
- A person commits the offense of driving while revoked if such person operates a motor vehicle on a highway when such person’s license or driving privilege has been cancelled, suspended, or revoked under the laws of this state or any other state and acts with criminal negligence with respect to knowledge of the fact that such person’s driving privilege has been cancelled, suspended, or revoked.
- Any person convicted of driving while revoked is guilty of a misdemeanor. A first violation of this section shall be punishable as a class D misdemeanor. A second or third violation of this section shall be punishable as a class A misdemeanor. Any person with no prior alcohol-related enforcement contacts as defined in section 302.525, convicted a fourth or subsequent time of driving while revoked or a county or municipal ordinance of driving while suspended or revoked where the defendant was represented by or waived the right to an attorney in writing, and where the prior three driving-while-revoked offenses occurred within ten years of the date of occurrence of the present offense; and any person with a prior alcohol-related enforcement contact as defined in section 302.525, convicted a third or subsequent time of driving while revoked or a county or municipal ordinance of driving while suspended or revoked where the defendant was represented by or waived the right to an attorney in writing, and where the prior two driving-while-revoked offenses occurred within ten years of the date of occurrence of the present offense and where the person received and served a sentence of ten days or more on such previous offenses is guilty of a class E felony. Except upon conviction as a first offense, no court shall suspend the imposition of sentence as to such a person nor sentence such person to pay a fine in lieu of a term of imprisonment, nor shall such person be eligible for parole or probation until such person has served a minimum of forty-eight consecutive hours of imprisonment, unless as a condition of such parole or probation, such person performs at least ten days involving at least forty hours of community service under the supervision of the court in those jurisdictions which have a recognized program for community service. Driving while revoked is a class E felony on the second or subsequent conviction pursuant to section 577.010 or a fourth or subsequent conviction for any other offense. Prior pleas of guilty and prior findings of guilty shall be pleaded and proven in the same manner as required by section 558.021.
Penalty of Conviction
First-time offenders convicted of driving without a license are guilty of a misdemeanor. However, third-time offenders can be charged with a class E felony. Make no mistake about it, a felony has serious implications on your life. A convicted felon loses a number of rights and can face serious jail time and financial consequences. In fact, a class E felony can mean up to 4 years in prison with fines ranging up to $10,000. Trust your future with a defense lawyer who will fight for your rights — MRD Lawyers.