Kimberly J. Benjamin, Founder & Managing Attorney
November 03. 2022.
Missouri DUI Repercussions
When arrested for a DUI, you face criminal proceedings and administrative repercussions. An arrest leads to a suspension or revocation of your driving privilege. However, through administrative hearings, you may be able to prevent the permanent suspension of your license.
There are time limits for requesting the hearing and complicated processes for requesting a hearing. That is why you need to understand all the requirements, as a mistake may lead to an extended period of losing your driving privileges. In addition to your knowledge, hiring experienced DWI lawyers in Kansas City to handle your case may guarantee a higher chance of success.
How to Request a Hearing for a Suspended License in Missouri?
According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, the accused motor vehicle driver has to mail a request to the following address:
Missouri Department of Revenue
ATTN: General Counsel’s Office
PO Box 475
Jefferson City MO
One must follow specific rules in making this request for an administrative license hearing. They include:
The offender has to submit the request within 15 days of receiving their notice of license suspension. Otherwise, the suspension becomes permanent and irreversible.
You must provide your attorney’s full name and mailing address in the request.
You must also indicate whether you would like to have an in-person hearing or a telephone hearing.
Limited Driving Privilege (LDP)
Also referred to as a hardship license, a person with a suspended license may be eligible for an LDP to enable them to drive to school, their place of work, and any other necessary places they need to go. You may apply by submitting a completed Application for Limited Driving Privilege (Form 4595) to the Department of revenue. You will also be required to do the following:
File proof of SR-22 insurance with the DOR
Install an IID and maintain it for the duration of the limited driving privilege. (The court may require a first-time offender to install an IID to receive an LDR).
The DOR typically reviews applications and mails back their decision within a week. The Department of Revenue cannot process suspensions or revocations that are five or ten years in length. Instead, you must apply to the county circuit court.
Missouri License Reinstatement Lawyer
As with criminal charges, hiring a criminal defense attorney in Kansas City, MO, can come in handy as they would have enough experience to represent you in an administrative hearing. Winning the hearing may be your only chance to prevent a license suspension of between 1 and 10 years if you are a repeat offender.
The attorney-client relationship ensures they have to defend you to the best of their abilities while maintaining confidentiality with your private information. Additionally, if you have a criminal conviction, they may be able to help you get an expungement in Missouri.
Missouri law is quite strict regarding DWI arrests, but with the help of a trained DWI lawyer from the Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center, you may be able to scale through. Do not hesitate to reach out!