If you have gotten a Driving While Suspended (or DWS) ticket it is extremely important that you contact an experienced St. Louis traffic attorney right away. If you plead guilty to this charge, you will get 12 points on your license and an automatic 1-year suspension on your license. If you are convicted of DWS multiple times, this can become a class D felony which carries a range of punishment of 1-4 years in prison, or up to one year in county jail.
Many people are issued DWS tickets when they were unaware that their license had been suspended. Unfortunately that isn’t a defense to the charge; DWS is a status offense and does NOT require the defendant to ‘knowingly’ drive with a suspended license.
There are a number of reasons why a person’s Missouri driver’s license can become suspended, including:
Accumulation of 8 points within any 18 month period
Missing a court date can cause your license to be suspended