How to Deal With a License Suspension

The day you get your driver’s license is often seen as a rite of passage, allowing you to travel freely and participate in many of life’s activities. However, it is a privilege, not a right, and the government can take away that privilege for a variety of reasons.

The specific reasons a license might be suspended vary by state and can range from missing child support payments to not having car insurance, and from speeding tickets to driving under the influence. In some cases, a person may not realize that their driver’s license has been suspended until they are pulled over by a police officer and the officer explains that they cannot legally drive.

While the reasons a license might be suspended can vary, the process for getting your license back is usually pretty standard across states. Once a suspension period has ended, you must pay a fee, prove that you have car insurance and perhaps complete defensive driving courses or an SR-22 form to have your license reinstated. These requirements vary by state, so it is best to consult with your department of transportation or the DMV in your area to learn what steps you need to take to get your driver’s license back.

If you do find out that your license is suspended, it is important to remember that it is illegal to drive with a suspended license and doing so can lead to jail time and/or steep fines. In addition, it is generally best to contact a New York lawyer who specializes in license suspension cases as soon as possible so that they can help you get your license back and deal with the underlying issue.

Depending on the reason for your suspension, you might have the option to request a hearing before it goes into effect. This is a good idea because, at the hearing, it is important to present any evidence that you can to argue against your license suspension. This evidence might include a letter from your doctor that verifies your medical condition and that it does not affect your ability to safely operate a vehicle.

If you do decide to request a hearing, it is crucial to attend the court proceedings. If you do not attend the hearing, it is likely that your license will be suspended for a longer period of time or even permanently.