Topic:
CRIME; CRIMINALS; SENTENCING; DRIVER LICENSES; FINES;
Location:
MOTOR VEHICLES - LICENSES;

OLR Research Report


January 24, 2006

 

2006-R-0072

PENALTIES FOR DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE OR SUSPENDED OR REVOKED LICENSE

By: Christopher Reinhart, Senior Attorney

You asked about the penalties for driving without a license or with a suspended or revoked license.

The chart below displays the penalties for operating a vehicle (1) after being refused a license, (2) with a suspended or revoked license or right to operate, (3) without a license or in violation of the licensing provisions, and (4) without reinstating a suspended license or renewing an expired license. The fines listed are the ranges specified by statute and do not include additional fees and charges that a violator must pay.

Penalties for Operating Vehicles Without a License or With Suspended or Revoked License or Right to Operate

Statute

1st Offense

Subsequent Offenses

Operating vehicle after being refused a license or with suspended or revoked license or right to operate

(CGS 14-215(a), (b), and 14-111(b), PA 05-215, 2, 4)

Up to 90 days in prison

$150 to $200 fine

License suspended at least one year

Up to one year in prison

$200 to $600 fine

License suspended at least two years

If previously violated these provisions or operated without obtaining a license: additional fine of up to $500 or up to 100 community service hours

If two previous violations of those provisions: additional mandatory 90 days in prison

Table: continued

Penalties for Operating Vehicles Without a License or With Suspended or Revoked License or Right to Operate

Statute

1st Offense

Subsequent Offenses

Operating vehicle while license suspended or revoked for:

driving while intoxicated

2nd degree manslaughter or assault with a motor vehicle (both involve driving while intoxicated)

violating the implied consent law

(CGS 14-215(c), 14-111(b), PA 05-215, 2)

Up to one year in prison

30 day mandatory minimum sentence unless the court finds mitigating circumstances

$500 to $1,000 fine

License suspended at least one year

Same prison term and fine as 1st offense

License suspended at least two years

Operating vehicle when license or right to operate is suspended for failing to appear in court, pay, or send in not a guilty plea for a motor vehicle infraction and certain violations

(CGS 14-215a)

Up to 90 days in prison

$150 to $200 fine

Up to one year in prison

$200 to $600 fine

Operating a vehicle without a license, violating the driving requirements for 16- and 17-year olds, driving when under age 16, or violating other licensing provisions

(CGS 14-36(h), PA 05-215, 3))

Infraction with a $75 to $90 fine

Up to 30 days in prison

$250 to $350 fine

If previously violated these provisions or operated with refused, suspended, or revoked registration or license: additional fine up to $500 or up to 100 community service hours

If two previous violations of those provisions: additional mandatory 90 days in prison

Operating a vehicle without reinstating license after suspension

(PA 05-215, 1)

Within 60 days of the suspension ending: Infraction with a $75 fine

After 60 days: same penalties described above for operating without a license

Operating a vehicle after license expires (CGS 14-41)

Within 60 days of expiration: Infraction with $75 fine

After 60 days: same penalties described above for operating without a license

In addition to these specific statutes and penalties, the motor vehicles commissioner has authority to suspend or revoke licenses and the right to operate vehicles in the state for sufficient cause, with or without a hearing (CGS 14-111(a)).

Also, depending on the driver's conduct, he could be charged with a crime and subject to other penalties.

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