Getting Your Suspended Or Revoked License Reinstated
Losing your driver’s license is a problematic hardship to face. It can make it much harder to keep a job and care for your family. If your license was suspended or revoked, getting it back as quickly as possible will likely be your top priority.
At the Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center, we help drivers who have lost their license for nearly any reason, including DWI, refusal of a breath test, or accumulation of points.
If contacted early enough, we may even be able to help you avoid losing your license. For instance, if you have accumulated points within the last six to 12 months, we may be able to help you get them removed from your license.
If you have received a suspension notice, DWI Attorneys in KC Mo at our firm can help you get your license reinstated. We will analyze your case, work with all parties, and provide legal advice.
Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation and discuss how we can help get your license back.
Reasons for License Revocation and How to Get It Back
The requirements for license reinstatement will depend on why you lost your license in the first place. In nearly all cases, you must provide proof of auto insurance coverage by having your insurer submit an SR-22 form to the state (often called SR-22 car insurance).
Here is an overview of the most common reasons for loss of license and requirements for reinstatement:
- You acquired too many license points (not necessarily related to DWI): You will need to pay a reinstatement fee to the Missouri Department of Revenue and have SR-22 car insurance for two years from the date of license suspension.
- You were convicted of DWI: You will need to pay a reinstatement fee, have SR-22 car insurance, and complete the Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program (SATOP). You may also need to have an ignition interlock device installed.
- You refused a breath test: You must pay the reinstatement fee and have SR-22 insurance. You may also need to complete the SATOP and possibly have an ignition interlock device installed.
Options for Challenging a Suspension or Revocation
Missouri does allow for restricted and limited driving privileges (commonly called “hardship licenses”) under some circumstances. In these cases, you may be able to obtain a limited driver’s license that will allow you to drive under certain conditions.
You can challenge the decision in any case of license suspension or revocation. The most common ways of challenging a suspension or revocation are:
Requesting an Administrative Hearing
You can request a hearing before an administrative law judge and have the opportunity to present evidence as to why your license should not be suspended or revoked. This may be your best option if you dispute the reasons for suspension or revocation, such as whether you committed a DWI or other traffic violation.
Appealing a Decision to a Higher Court
If you are unhappy with the administrative law judge’s ruling, you may appeal to a higher court. However, this can be a lengthy process, and the courts may not overturn the administrative judge’s ruling.
Seeking Legal Counsel
By consulting with a qualified attorney, you can get the most up-to-date information about your case and have help in challenging your license suspension or revocation. A lawyer can help you make the best decisions and offer guidance.
At Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center, we understand that getting your driver’s license back is a top priority. We are here to help you get the best resolution possible in your case. Contact us for help with getting your suspended license reinstated.
Consult With An Attorney For Free
The Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center is in Belton and serves clients throughout the Kansas City metro area. We offer free case evaluations, so you can get the advice and help you need without cost or obligation.
To schedule your free initial consultation, call us at 816-281-0941 or email us to get started. We can provide experienced legal assistance and assist you in getting your license back as soon as possible. Let us help you navigate the complicated process of reinstating your suspended license.
If you have been drinking, use our "Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) Calculator"to estimate your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) before you drive, but please keep in mind that the information it provides is just an estimate and may not be inaccurate.
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