Suspended License Virginia Reckless Driving Lawyers Loudoun County

Suspended License Virginia Reckless Driving Lawyers Loudoun County

Short v. Commonwealth
Facts:

Defendant appealed a decision from the Circuit Court of Loudoun County (Virginia), which convicted him of operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license.

Suspended License Virginia Reckless Driving Lawyers Loudoun County

Suspended License Virginia Reckless Driving Lawyers

Issue:
  • Whether the evidence was sufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that defendant had notice that his privilege and license to operate a motor vehicle were suspended?
Discussion:

The sole issue was whether the evidence was sufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that defendant had notice that his privilege and license to operate a motor vehicle were suspended when he was found driving. The day before, defendant was convicted of reckless driving and the trial court suspended his privilege and license to operate a motor vehicle for 60 days. Although defendant claimed that the acknowledgment form was misleading and caused him to believe that his privilege to drive would not be suspended until 10 days after his reckless driving trial, he admitted that the judge told him at that trial that his license to operate a motor vehicle was suspended for 60 days. The judge asked the defendant for his license which he purportedly did not have with him. Nevertheless, it was apparent to defendant that the judge was attempting to have him surrender his license at the time because his privilege to drive and license were being suspended. This was sufficient to convict. The court affirmed defendant’s conviction

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