The reasons for, and duration of, a suspension, revocation or denial are many and, although there are differences between their specific definitions and when they apply, a suspension, revocation or denial have one distinguishing character – i.e., you are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle by the State of Missouri. And, if you have a non-Missouri driver’s license, the State of Missouri may otherwise suspend, revoke or deny your privilege of operating a motor vehicle within the State of Missouri, even if your base state has not.
A suspension, revocation or denial may arise from, among other reasons:
- an accumulation of excess points within a given period of time;
- a BAC (blood alcohol content) of .08 or more;
- a BAC of .02 or more, if under twenty-one years of age;
- a reported conviction for a minor in possession under a zero tolerance statute;
- a refusal to submit to a test of your BAC under Missouri’s implied consent law;
- a conviction for a DWI or DUI or other alcohol related conviction;
- non-payment of child support;
- non-payment of a judgment relating to an uninsured automobile accident;
- a conviction for no proof of insurance, or refusal to provide proof upon demand by the State of Missouri;
- two convictions of DWI or DUI within a five year period;
- three convictions of a DWI or DUI within a lifetime; or
- a failure to appear or dispose of a previously issued traffic ticket.
The duration of the suspension, revocation, or denial may vary from thirty (30) days to a lifetime, depending upon the reason for the suspension, revocation or denial.
Whether you have been suspended, revoked or denied, the various requirements for reinstating your Missouri driver’s license are as varied as the reasons for the suspension, revocation or denial, some of which are as follows:
- payment of a reinstatement fee;
- completion of SATOP (Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program);
- proof of insurance by the posting of an SR-22 insurance filing;
- repayment of a judgment suspension (or satisfactory evidence of an installment agreement providing for repayment of the judgment amount);
- repayment of a child support suspension (or satisfactory evidence of an installment agreement providing for repayment of unpaid child support judgment);
- a compliance letter from the municipality, county or state verifying the disposition of a previously issued traffic ticket;
- an order of a Court reinstating your driving privileges (for five and ten year denials); or
- installation of an ignition interlock device (where your license has been suspended for two or more alcohol related law enforcement contacts).
Your right to receive a limited driving permit or a hardship driver’s license upon being suspended, revoked or denied is strictly limited, not only in time, but also in the many conditions which either govern the issuance of a hardship driver’s license or which prohibit the issuance of a hardship driver’s license, in the first instance.
Depending upon the underlying circumstances of your suspension, revocation or denial, as well as the jurisdiction and the disposition of the police officer, sheriff or state trooper, if you are pulled over and found to be operating a motor vehicle while suspended, revoked or denied, or driving a motor vehicle outside of the conditions of your limited driving permit or hardship driver’s license, any one or more of the following consequences can be expected:
- you will be arrested on the spot;
- your car will be towed;
- you will be given a traffic ticket for driving while suspended;
- you will be in violation of your probation, if you are on probation;
- you may be fined a maximum fine of $500, $1,000 or more, if convicted;
- you may be jailed a maximum of 90 days, one year or more, if convicted;
- your driver’s license will be suspended for a year, if convicted; and,
- your limited driving permit or hardship driver’s license will be revoked.
Finally, if you have prior convictions for driving while suspended or you are pulled over by a Missouri State trooper (or at the discretion of the police officer of sheriff who pulled you over), you may be charged with a misdemeanor, or even a felony, driving while suspended.
Chris Dulle of the The Dulle Law Firm has helped hundreds of individuals in your situation obtain the reinstatement of their driving privileges or obtain a limited driving permit or hardship driver’s license. Regardless of the reasons for your suspension, revocation or denial, Chris Dulle at The Dulle Law Firm has the experience, knowledge and skills to help you sort through all of the reasons for your suspension, revocation or denial, and then guide you through, step by step, the reinstatement requirements or procedures you must take in order to obtain the reinstatement of your driver’s license.