A driver’s license can be suspended for many reasons. The most common reason for a suspended license is a DUI charge. If you are caught driving under the influence, you will automatically have your license suspending, and receive a temporary license to allow you to drive until the date of your hearing.
However, there are other ways that you can lose your driver’s license. If you accumulate points on your license by accruing tickets, you can lose your license. In Florida, the amount of points that result in a suspended license are variable, depending on the amount of time in which you have acquired the points. The length of the suspension for points varies from thirty days to two years.
A driver’s license can be suspended due to failure to operate a vehicle safely, impaired vision, or a failure to pay child support.
Less commonly, a driver’s license is suspended due to failure to operate a vehicle safely, impaired vision, or a failure to pay child support. These situations, while less common, are still hard to resolve. Finally, a failure to appear for a summons or a failure to pay a fine can result in a suspended license.
Regardless of how the suspension came to pass, once your license has been suspended you are in a nasty tangle of hearings and paperwork that if handled incorrectly will extend your suspension. Not only that, but not all people are able to qualify for a hardship license, meaning you may be unable to drive at all. For the people who need to drive and do not have a valid license, driving is dangerous, as being caught with a suspended license extends the length of the suspension.
Although in some cases, the way to resolve the suspended license is fairly straightforward, in other cases the matter is complex. For example, if your license was suspended due to inadequate vision, obtaining glasses and showing that you have done so in a timely manner can end the suspension.
However, if your license has been suspended due to a DUI arrest, the situation is a bit more complex and needs to be handled properly. Lawyers with a specialty in suspended licenses can attend the hearing and argue against the suspension. In many cases, this results in either a shortened period of suspension or no suspension at all.
For those who have a complicated series of events associated with their suspension, a lawyer is essential. As an example, if your original suspension led to you driving without a valid license, you may be considered a habitual offender and the courts will treat you more harshly than you deserve. In this situation, a lawyer who can argue for the reduction in your suspension and who can help with the complex paperwork and filings associated with a suspended license is vital.
Regardless of the cause of the suspended license, the easiest course to driving legally again is to hire a lawyer that specializes in these matters to work with the court on your behalf.