When a driver's license, or "operator's license or permit," is revoked or suspended, the licensee is supposed to stop driving until the license and driving privileges are restored. A person who continues to drive with a license under suspension or revocation is violating the order of a court or an administrative agency. In many states, the prosecution is not required to prove that a motorist had a mens rea, or "guilty mind," with respect to any element of the crime. Instead, in those states, the only two factors that must be proved are:
- That the defendant was driving a motor vehicle on a public highway, and
- That the accused's driver's license was suspended or revoked at the time he or she was driving
In some states, however, the prosecution must prove that the motorist had actual or constructive knowledge that his or her license was suspended or revoked at the time he or she was driving. It is better advised that you may consult with a Traffic Attorney who can give a proper guidance in this regard.