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Driving After Revocation

Minneapolis Driver's License Attorney Thomas Gallagher explains Driving After Revocation
Driver’s License Attorney Thomas Gallagher

Defending a Driving After Revocation ticket:  If Minnesota takes your driver’s license, consult a Minnesota driver’s license attorney.

After all, you don’t want a Driving After Revocation conviction.

Driving with a suspended license, a revoked or cancelled license:

  • is a driving-related crime that
  • usually follows a prior conviction which triggers the license revocation.


Avoid driving at all unless you have a valid drivers license.  If the State revokes, suspends or cancels, you should wait until eligible for reinstatement.  Then apply for reinstatement.

This helps avoid a new driving-related criminal charge.  It also to avoid an additional license revocation period.


Criminal sanctions
Your Driver's License Attorney can help prevent a Driving After Revocation conviction.
Your Driver’s License Attorney can help prevent a Driving After Revocation conviction.

What happens if a police officer catches a person in Minnesota driving without a valid license? Generally that can result in a misdemeanor criminal charge under  Minnesota Statutes Section 171.24. And the maximum penalty is 90 days jail.

Normally police will give you a ticket to appear in court, rather than arrest you.

But a misdemeanor is a crime.  And a conviction for a misdemeanor will creates a public criminal record history.  This can cause future employment and other problems.

Without prior similar convictions jail time is rare.  But probation of up to one year is common with jail time hanging over the person’s head.  A condition of “no same or similar offenses” is normal.

Some people end up getting multiple convictions for Driving After Revocation and similar offenses.  Jail time is common for repeat offenders.

Another driver’s license revocation

In addition to the criminal sanctions, the court “certifies” a “Driving After” conviction to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.  Minnesota DPS will put it on your driver’s license record.  And DPS will revoke your driver’s license for 30 days or longer (in addition to any pending license revocation period). 

Your driver’s license attorney can help prevent a license revocation or suspension.

The Driving After Revocation revolving door

Avoid a Driving After Revocation conviction, and the revolving door
Avoid a Driving After Revocation conviction, and the revolving door

This can result, for some people, into a revolving door problem.

We see it a lot.  It’s a cycle of:

  • convictions for driving without a license,
  • triggers another loss of license, then
  • driving again without a license, and so on.

Many people find it difficult to work and care for their children without driving.

But driving without a license is not a solution.  It only makes the problem grow.

There is a way out.  And it begins with preventing a conviction on this Driving After Revocation charge.

An experienced defense attorney can help solve these problems and help prevent the revolving door cycle.

The Best Defense

To find out the best defense, call driver’s license attorney Thomas Gallagher.  In the meantime, the most powerful defense actions are:

  1. getting Minnesota to reinstate your license,
  2. proof of insurance coverage, and
  3. a good defense attorney representing you.
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Questions?  You can call Minneapolis Driver’s License Attorney Thomas Gallagher at 612 333-1500