There are a number of reasons for which your driver’s license can be revoked or suspended in Missouri, and if you lose your driving privileges, they will not be automatically returned to you. You will have to file for reinstatement with the Department of Revenue. Different requirements must be met before filing for reinstatement depending on what prompted the suspension or revocation. If you or someone you know has lost their driving privileges, Deputy and Mizell understands how many aspects of your life are limited because you are not allowed to drive and what a burden that can be for your loved ones. Keep reading this blog to see how our license reinstatement lawyers at Lake of the Ozarks can help you navigate the process to get your driver’s license back. Reason for the Suspension or Revocation
What you must do to get reinstated will depend on the reason your privileges were taken. Some of the most common reasons are:
-Refusal to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test
-A DWI, DUI, or other alcohol-related conviction
-Failure to appear in court or pay a previous traffic ticket
-Accumulation of too many points on your driver’s license within a certain time period
-A blood alcohol content of .08 or more if over 21 years of age
The reason for your revocation or suspension will determine what needs to be done to get it reinstated. You can contact the MO Department of Revenue to find out the exact reasons, or you may already have been sent a letter from them with the details. If there are multiple active issues or “Department Actions” on your driver’s record, they all must be resolved before the license can be reinstated. For most suspensions and revocations, you will be required to file various forms to get reinstated. If you have received a five- or ten-year denial due to multiple DWI convictions, then you will have to file a petition in court. We will talk about that in more detail. Reinstatement Forms and Fees
As before, the forms and fees you are required to file and pay will depend on the reason your driving privileges were taken. The chart to find the applicable fees and forms can be found on the Missouri Department of Revenue website. Fees can be paid online; payments and forms can also be submitted by mail or in person.
Five- and Ten-Year License Denial
Just as it sounds, a five- or ten-year denial is when the Department of Revenue will deny you the ability to get your driver’s license for a five- or ten-year period. Five-year denials are the result of being convicted of an alcohol-related charge twice within five years. For a third conviction, you will receive a ten-year denial. Once you have completed the suspension period, you will have to file a petition in court to get your license back. The purpose of the court hearing will be for the Department of Revenue to determine if they should allow you to have your license back.
Having a Team
When you go to your court hearing, you should be prepared to answer any questions related to your conviction and reinstatement. The judge will want to look at your criminal record to see that you have not received any additional convictions that would start the denial period over again. You will need to prove you have fulfilled all requirements such as paying fines, community services, completion of special classes, etc. Ultimately, the judge will want to see a pattern of behavior that assures him or her that you will not be a public safety threat. It is extremely important that you are well prepared for this meeting in order to get your license successfully reinstated. Our license reinstatement defense lawyers at Lake of the Ozarks are very familiar with these hearings and the criteria that need to be met for reinstatement of your driver’s license at the Lake of the Ozarks. With a team to help you through the process, you can have a greater chance to prove how your behavior has changed as well as your need for reinstatement and why it is safe and appropriate to grant it to you. Call Deputy and Mizell today at 1-877-393-5518 for your free consultation. We can help guide you through the process.
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