3 Ways To Avoid Needing A Drivers License Reinstatement

Posted on: 21 February 2023

Once you receive your driver's license, it is easy to take it for granted. It allows you to travel as you please. But unfortunately, there are several instances where you can have your driver's license suspended or even revoked. When a suspension or revocation occurs, you will need a reinstatement if you plan to drive legally. Here are a few things you may want to avoid. 

1. DUI Convictions

A DUI or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol conviction is one of the quickest ways to lose your driver's license. If you refuse or fail a field sobriety test, you often lose your license immediately onsite. This suspension is through an administrative DMV suspension at the time of your arrest. This suspension will usually last until the court hears your case. 

If you are convicted, the court will continue the suspension once you come to court. The suspension time varies. Your exact suspension depends on where you live and any previous charges.  

For example, in West Virginia, you only face a 15 to 45 days suspension. In California, you are looking at 30 days to 10 months, while Delaware will suspend a license from one to two years. If you live in Pennsylvania, you may not face a mandatory suspension at all. 

2. Committing a Hit And Run

Failing to stop or leaving the scene after you cause an accident can result in the suspension of your driver's license and needing a license reinstatement. You may also face criminal charges, jail time, and substantial fines. 

While staying on the scene may result in no charges or a misdemeanor charge, leaving the scene can bump the charges up to a felony. The only time it is acceptable to leave the scene is if this is the only way you can get emergency help, and then you need to return once you obtain assistance. 

For example, if you have an accident somewhere and you do not have cell phone service or your cell phone is dead, you may proceed to the closest location where you can call for help and return to the scene. 

3. Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License

Once your license is suspended or revoked, you should not be driving. The court does not look fondly upon those who continue driving. Being caught driving on a suspended or revoked license can result in an extension of your suspension or your suspension becoming a permanent revocation. 

For more information on license reinstatement, contact a professional near you.


Staying Out Of Trouble

About a year ago, I realized that I was starting to bend the rules a little when I was out in public with my friends. I was really nervous about getting caught, so I started thinking more carefully about what I was doing and why I was doing it. However, one night, I decided to go streaking, and I was arrested. I realized that I needed to work with a criminal attorney to get the help that I needed, and I sat down with them to go over the details of my case. After a long and arduous court case, I had learned my lesson and stayed out of jail. This blog is all about staying out of trouble in the first place and knowing how to prevent problems in your personal life.