What does it mean to have a suspended license in Virginia?
Thomas Soldan: In Virginia, for certain driving offenses the court may impose a suspension of someone driver’s license. If they are Virginia driver, that is a suspension of their physical driver’s license, so they have to surrender it to the court. If the person is an out-of-state driver, they cannot lose their out-of-state license to the Virginia court, but they can lose their privilege to operate a motor vehicle in the Commonwealth of Virginia. That license suspension can also be in addition to other penalties. License suspension is often related to driving offenses such as DUI, hit and run, reckless driving, driving on a revoked or suspended license, and other serious driving offenses. However, Virginia is also unique in that Virginia imposes a mandatory six-month license suspension for any drug-related offense conviction, including a deferred finding. That includes possession, distribution, possession with intent to distribute, and manufacture of either marijuana or any scheduled substance. In addition to driving-related offenses, even a drug offense that didn’t involve a vehicle at all could result in a driver’s license suspension or loss of driving privileges.