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Habitual Status: Explained by our Virginia Criminal Lawyer
“What does it mean to be declared a habitual offender in Virginia?” This question is one I get quite often as a criminal lawyer and traffic attorney in Northern Virginia. If you face a serious traffic infraction or misdemeanor offense, you are not alone.
According to a data analysis earlier this year by the Vincenzes Law legal team, operators license charges make up the largest group of charged offenses in Fairfax County.
Habitual offenders status can greatly affect a case’s outcome. On this page, our Virginia criminal lawyer explains what this means, and why it matters.
[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Click to learn more about driving without a valid license, driving on a suspended license, and driving after forfeiture of license” open=”false”]A few of the most common license-related offenses according to our Fairfax DUI lawyer and Northern Virginia defense team’s study are:
- driving without a valid license (Code of Virginia § 46.2-300)
- driving while a license is suspended or revoked (Code of Virginia § 46.2-301)
- driving after forfeiture due to DUI (Code of Virginia § 18.2-272)
[/vc_toggle][vc_message color=”alert-info”]The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website explains “habitual status.” If you have been convicted of three or more of any of these offenses, you should tell your attorney about each offense, the outcome, and the relevant dates:
- Driving under the influence
- Driving on a suspended or revoked license
- Providing false information to DMV
- Using a vehicle in the commission of a felony
- Any vehicle violation considered a felony
- Hit and run involving injuries or damage to property over $1,000
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Need to Ask a Virginia Criminal Lawyer About License Restoration?
Driving privileges are forfeited indefinitely when a person is said to be a habitual offender. When privileges are allowed to be restored, the underlying facts of the case will lead to different time periods. If a person’s habitual offender status involves a single DWI (DUI), then that person’s privileges to drive are restricted for three years. But it will take five years for full privileges to be restored. It is important to note that if declared a habitual offender in the past, then only a court in Virginia can restore driving privileges. It is possible that the DMV declared a person as a habitual offender, in which case, a petition to the circuit court would be required.
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Statutes of Interest as Recommended by our Virginia Criminal Lawyer
§ 46.2-357. Operation of motor vehicle or self-propelled machinery or equipment by habitual offender prohibited; penalty; enforcement of section.
§ 46.2-391. Revocation of license for multiple convictions of driving while intoxicated; exception; petition for restoration of privilege.[/vc_message][vc_teaser_grid grid_columns_count=”3″ grid_content=”teaser” grid_layout=”title_thumbnail_text” grid_link=”link_post” grid_link_target=”_self” grid_template=”carousel” grid_layout_mode=”fitRows” orderby=”rand” order=”DESC” title=”Reckless Driving Information” grid_posttypes=”post” grid_teasers_count=”6″ grid_categories=”reckless driving,virginia traffic attorney”][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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