Traffic Law | Driving While Revoked

The criminal charge of Driving While Revoked (DWR) occurs when a person continues to drive a motor vehicle while his/her driving privelage has been canceled, suspended, or revoked - usually as the result of a traffic law conviction such as DWI or the accumulation of points on your Drivers' License. Driving While Revoked (DWR) applies to drivers' and commercial drivers' licenses equally.

To be convicted of Driving While Revoked in Missouri, a person must knowingly drive a motor vehicle while his/her driving privilege is canceled, suspended, or revoked. In fact, the Missouri statute on Driving While Revoked is quite clear. The statute states:

302.321. 1. A person commits the crime of driving while revoked if such person operates a motor vehicle on a highway when such person's license or driving privilege has been canceled, suspended, or revoked under the laws of this state or any other state and acts with criminal negligence with respect to knowledge of the fact that such person's driving privilege has been canceled, suspended, or revoked.

There are any number of plausable defense strategies for DWR. Most criminal defense strategies are based on circumstances specific to your case. An experienced traffic law attorney can advise you if you have a defendable case and what options are available to you.

Driving While Revoked (DWR) Penalties
A conviction of Driving While Revoked may be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on specific circumstances.

A first time offender convicted of Driving While Revoked is guilty of a class A misdemeanor. Class A misdemeanor penalties can include 48 hours in prison or community service and not more than $1,000.00 fine. A second or subsequent conviction of Driving While Revoked is a class D felony.

If you have previous DWR convictions, alcohol related convicitions, or previous driving while suspended or revoked convictions your case may be more complicated and require the skilled services of a lawyer with traffic law experience.

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