When your license is suspended, your first thought may be about how you are planning to get around the local area to go about your daily routine. This is an understandable frustration, but rest assured, there are ways to restore your license following a license suspension.
If you wish to learn more about driver’s license restoration in West Palm Beach, be sure to get in touch with our team of legal professionals at Leifert & Leifert. To get started, schedule a consultation today.
What Offenses Result in Automatic License Suspensions or Revocations?
Certain criminal offenses could result in an automatic license suspension or revocation. Though some may correlate these repercussions with driving offenses, individuals could also commit non-driving related offenses and still have their driving privileges negatively impacted.
The driving offenses that could result in a removal of driving privileges includes:
- DUI offenses
- Fleeing to elude a police officer
- Driving on a suspended license for the third or fourth time
- Reckless driving resulting in an accident or injury
Some of the more typical non-driving offenses that could have a significant impact on a person’s privilege to drive involves theft and drugs. For theft offenses, the main offense that could result in loss of driving privileges includes grand theft auto.
Of the drug-related offenses that could impact a person’s license, none are more serious than possession of a controlled substance. Possession of a controlled substance can result in a driver’s license suspension automatically by the Department of Motor Vehicles if they are convicted. It does not matter if the substance found is a small amount of marijuana, a large amount of synthetic drugs, or pharmaceuticals without a prescription, a conviction could result in a loss of license.
In What Situations are Restricted or Hardship Licenses Available?
Restricted or hardship licenses could become available for several different reasons. To obtain these types of licenses, one would have had their license suspended by the Department of Motor Vehicles. The DMV would only issue this type of suspension if an individual had too many tickets, too many offenses, or refusing to take a field sobriety test for the first time. Under these circumstances, individuals may apply with the DMV for a hardship license. After applying, an individual would have their case heard in a hearing and a decision would be made.
Another way to obtain a restricted or hardship license involves situations where there is a court-ordered suspension of license. When a judge orders someone’s suspension, the Department of Motor Vehicles will not issue a hardship license unless the court states on the record in writing that it has no objection to getting a hardship license. If this statement is not on court record or in writing somewhere that the court has no objection, the Department of Motor Vehicles is not going to override a judge’s order to suspend their driver’s license.
How is a Restricted License Different than a Regular License?
Restricted licenses are different from regular licenses for various reasons. For example, with a regular license, individuals can travel anywhere they want at anytime they so choose. However, restricted licenses grant driving privileges for employment purposes only or business purposes only. When a person has an employment purpose only license, they are only able to drive to and from work. Individuals are not allowed to do anything else than to drive their vehicle to and from work.
On the other hand, restricted licenses for business purposes allows individuals to drive for daily necessities. For example, people with this license can drive to the grocery store, the doctor, church, medical treatment, AA meetings, or anything else that the individual is required to attend.
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Restoring a driver’s license does not come without difficulty. There are many obstacles that could get in someone’s way to get their license back, but with the help of one of our attorneys at Leifert & Leifert, affected individuals could put together an effective strategy that could result in having their license restored.
To learn more about driver’s license restoration in West Palm Beach, be sure to call today.