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.
Often, a person's license is considered to be suspended from the time the suspension is imposed, even though the period of suspension may not officially begin until a later date. In addition, the suspension usually continues until the license is actually restored by the court or agency that imposed the suspension.
Generally, driving with a revoked or suspended license is considered a serious offense, similar to contempt of court (violating a court order), and the punishment for the crime can be severe: a large fine, mandatory imprisonment, or both.