Your local DMV office collects and provides detailed information on individual driving suspensions and license revocations to law enforcement and car insurance companies nationwide. A driver can have their driver’s license suspended or revoked for a number of reasons.
Common Reasons for Suspension
The most common reasons for suspension or revocations of a persons driving license is for convictions of the following types of driving offences:
Driving Under The Influence Of Alcohol Or Drugs
If you have been convicted for driving under the influence, most courts will order your driving privileges restricted, suspended or revoked. It is the job of the department of motor vehicles to alert law enforcement of the change in driving status and provide the driver with information on how to remove the restrictions and reinstate his or her driving privileges. If the driver is unfortunate enough to have one or more prior drunk driving convictions on their driving record within a designated number of years from the current offence, a driving suspension can turn into a long-term revocation of driving privileges.
Exceeding Permissible Number Of Moving Violation Points
Depending on the number of moving violations a driver receives within a prescribed period of time (usually two years), the department of motor vehicles has the authority to automatically suspend or revoke the persons driving privileges for cause. Having your driver’s license suspended can turn out to be costly in fees and penalties as well as in increased car insurance premiums.
Unlawful Weapon Possession While Driving
Another reason drivers get their license suspended is for unlawfully driving with a concealed weapon in their vehicle. Even though most jurisdictions have carved out exceptions for legally registered weapons properly locked and stored in a vehicles trunk, many drivers continue to violate state gun and driving laws by having their weapons loaded and unlawfully concealed in their vehicle. If the driver is found to be in possession of an unlawfully concealed weapon in their vehicle, it can result in a substantial fine, jail time and up to a three-year drivers license suspension.
Driving While Possessing Or Selling Cocaine
Many state criminal statutes are now making the possession and sale of certain types of drugs a separate driving offence as well. Since the law deems driving a privilege rather then a right, criminal courts, through the DMV, have the authority to suspend or revoke a defendant’s driver’s license, even if the subject offence had nothing to do with driving.
Finally, getting you driving privileges reinstated is not an automatic process. You must carefully follow established reinstatement procedures to regain your full driving privileges.
Also, you must first be in physical possession of your driving license before your driving privilege is formally reinstated. Your driving privileges can remain suspended or revoked indefinitely or until you comply with all reinstatement requirements including receiving a new drivers license. There is no time limit or statute of limitations regarding the states right to suspend or revoke a driver’s license. This is one reason why it is highly advisable to have an experienced traffic lawyer help with the reinstatement process.