What happens if your license has expired and you’re pulled over while driving? Well it depends on whether you knew it or not. For example, if your license expired because of a missed renewal on your birthday, then it’s not a serious offense. We are all subject to busy lives, and not always on top of the exact time that our driving permit has run past its renewal date. This offense is regarded as a simple civil infraction. Life happens. This generally is treated like an ordinary ticket. A note to the wise, take the option to pay your fine in person rather than just mailing it in. This shows the court that there wasn’t any criminal intent on your part. Showing up in person also may save you points and a few bucks.
If you are aware of driving with a suspended or expired license then you are facing criminal charges. It will show on the record the police officer pulls up on his cruiser’s laptop. Now you’re in trouble! The officer has the option to take you directly to jail, do not pass go and you do not collect $200. Not even your local Dayton sump pump installer has the tools to get you out of this sticky mess without a penalty. Instead your vehicle is hauled away and taken to the impound yard. Now you’re the guests of the local lock-up! Then again, you might get lucky – although at this point you should not be counting on luck – the officer may just issue you a ticket with a notice to appear before a judge. The latter is only likely if, #1 the officer isn’t suffering from indigestion #2 you look trustworthy and have no priors #3 the officer’s dog didn’t die that day #4 the person he pulled over prior to you did not have potty mouth. If you find yourself in this situation, you’ll need to hire an attorney.