Pennsylvanian residents charged with DUI-related crimes could have their license suspended. Though revocation is also possible, it’s much less likely on a first-time or smaller severity offense. But what exactly differentiates these two things?

First of all, suspension is generally for a shorter period of time. You are able to earn back your license and ability to drive. While revocation can also be undone in some situations, it is considered more severe.

FindLaw takes a look at how your license could get revoked, examining many different grounds for revocation. This includes having multiple convictions or serious offenses related to reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, drag racing, or driving under the influence. Additionally, if you don’t show for a traffic summons, your license can be revoked.

Non-driving offenses can also result in your license being revoked. This may include using faked or altered license plates, or being a minor and committing any drug or alcohol offenses, even if not DUI-related. Driving on a suspended license is another possible way to have your license revoked entirely.

Having your license revoked or suspended can impact other aspects of your driving, such as your ability to be insured. Many insurance companies will either exclude you from their policies or only offer you rates at an extreme price hike if your license is revoked, suspended, or if you are caught driving without a license.

Since not having a license can often impact numerous different areas of your daily life, you may wish to speak with an attorney if you face the possibility of it being revoked or suspended.