Operating a motor vehicle after your driver's license has been revoked - commonly referred to as "OAR" - is a criminal offense. A conviction can result in a fine of up to $2,500, and one year in the county jail. The sentencing judge can also consider prior convictions for operating after conviction.
The state of Wisconsin revokes driving privileges for a handful of serious offenses, drunk driving among them. Other offenses that can result in revocation include fleeing a police officer and hit and run.
set period of time
When the state revokes a person's driving privileges, the revocation is for a specific period of time. At the end of the revocation period, the driver's license can be reinstated provided the driver has not been arrested for a subsequent driving after revocation or other driving offense.
avoiding criminal sentence
The best way to avoid a criminal sentence for driving after revocation really is to avoid driving if your license has been revoked.
One possible defense to avoid a criminal conviction for operating a motor vehicle after revocation is a lack of knowledge. If the notice of revocation was lost in the mail, you would not have "knowingly" operated a motor vehicle without a license.
reinstatement of driver's license
Reinstatement of your driver's license is easily handled by visiting your local Wisconsin Department of Transportation. You should ask that your license be reinstated as soon as you become eligible.