How do you beat a ticket for driving with a suspended license?

My driver's license was suspended recently, but I had an appointment and didn't have time to apply for a hardship license. Just my luck, a cop pulled me over. How do I beat a ticket for driving with a suspended driver’s license?

Pat Roache · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
I'm sorry to hear about your traffic ticket troubles. Hiring a qualified lawyer to represent you in court is the best way to fight a ticket for driving with a suspended license.
An experienced traffic ticket lawyer can help you navigate the paperwork and present a persuasive argument in court, such as:
  • Not guilty due to lack of knowledge: If you weren’t properly notified that your
    driver’s license was suspended
    , then you might not be held responsible for breaking the law.
  • Not guilty due to invalid suspension: If there’s an error in your paperwork (like a clerical typo), then your lawyer may be able to exonerate you. 
  • Not guilty due to illegal stop: If the law enforcement officer who stopped you didn’t meet the standards of probable cause, then the court may suppress your traffic ticket.
If you cannot afford a private lawyer, you can request a public defender from traffic court to represent you instead. Representing yourself is a risky move. Whatever happens, don't forget to
reinstate your suspended driver’s license
before driving again.
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