People can lose their driving privileges for a number of reasons. Unfortunately, having the privilege to drive is one that is often taken for granted, and failure to abide by certain rules can result in a driver’s license suspension.
There are a number of reasons why someone’s driving privileges might be revoked or suspended. Often times drivers have little knowledge or awareness that certain actions, or lack thereof can result in a license suspension. It is entirely common for people to be driving on a suspended license without even being aware of it, until it’s too late and they are pulled over by a police officer.
Driving on a suspended license is a criminal offense. If you are pulled over by law enforcement and they discover that you are driving on a suspended license, they can arrest you on the spot. Tragically, many people are guilty of driving on a suspended license without having knowledge that their driving privileges were suspended in the first place.
Your driving privileges are granted by the Department of Motor Vehicles, and in Connecticut, or other states they may be suspended for any number of reasons including the following: lapsed car insurance coverage, expired license or registration, unpaid parking citations in Connecticut or another state, unpaid DMV fees, unpaid sales tax or property tax, driving on a suspended or revoked license, past due child support, reckless driving, assault with a vehicle or manslaughter with a vehicle, DUI, under 21 DUI, refusal to submit to a chemical test and more.
No two situations are identical. In some cases a holdup on your license has to do with a national hold, where other times it could involve multiple tickets and unpaid DMV fees. Perhaps there were court or traffic ticket fees that went to the state and you thought they were included in a bankruptcy, or perhaps there was an administrative error and a registration payment wasn’t recorded. In any case, what might take you a great number of months to track down and resolve could be handled much more efficiently by an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows what to look for and who to contact to get your license reinstated.
In some cases, several different government agencies may be involved in order to reinstate your license. You might have to have the family court, your local DMV, an out of state DMV and other government entities involved in sorting out your license suspension.
If your license was suspended or revoked, you want to resist temptation and avoid driving altogether. If you are caught you can wind up in jail and you can have misdemeanor charges filed against you. Not only would your license be further suspended, but you would gain a criminal record as well.
Having your driving privileges suspended creates a great deal of hardship for you and your family. People may not realize just how difficult it is to get to and from work, to the grocery store, bank, and medical doctor or to their child’s school without the ability to drive to these places. Having your driver’s license suspended not only affects your life, but it affects the lives of your immediate friends and family as well, placing undue strain on your interpersonal relationships. If you have already been living without an active driver’s license, you probably have a very good understanding of how difficult it is to get by without one. If you wish to retain your driver’s license, or if you need to get it reinstated, a criminal defense lawyer who has experience with these kinds of cases will be able to help you achieve your goals. If you want to save a lot of time and frustration, contact a Danbury criminal defense attorney today to put you on the path to driving legally once again!