Pennsylvania imposes very harsh penalties for those who drive with a suspended license or a revoked license. There are two types of charges that apply: Driving While Operative Privilege is Suspended or Revoked, Non-DUI and DUI Related.

Driving While Operating Privilege is Suspended for Non-DUI Reasons (75 Pa.C.S.A. § 1543(a))

  • First Offense: $200 fine, suspension of 1 year, additional revocation of 2 years if your license was revoked at the time of the offense.
  • Second through Fifth Offense: $200 to $1,000 fine, jail time of up to 6 months.
  • Sixth or Subsequent Offense: Mandatory $1,000 fine, mandatory 30 days in jail with potential jail sentence of up to 6 months.

Driving While Operating Privilege is Suspended for DUI (75 Pa.C.S.A. § 1543(b))

  • First Offense: $500 fine, mandatory jail sentence ranging from 60-90 days.
  • Habitual Offender Classification: If convicted of three Driving on Suspended License DUI Related offenses within 5 years, your license will be revoked for a period of 5 years.
  • Driving as a Habitual Offender (75 Pa.C.S.A. §6503.1): If you are caught driving a vehicle as a habitual offender, you will be charged with a 2nd Degree Misdemeanor, punishable by up to 2 years in prison.


If you are charged with Driving on a Suspended License, contact the Zuckerman Law Firm, LLC at 412-447-5580 for a free consultation. As you will see from our Results page, our firm has had success keeping clients out of jail, and in some cases, negotiating a reduction of charges to traffic offenses carrying no jail time or license suspension.

Call us today at 412-447-5580 for a free case evaluation.

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