There are a number of ways in which your drivers’ license can become suspended or revoked. Having your license revoked can result in a significant loss of mobility if you live in an area where you need to use a car, and hefty insurance fees once you are able to recover your license.
Some of the most common offenses that will cause you to lose your license include:
- Violating the limits of your states’ point system: This could be a number of minor offenses such as speeding or failing to signal, or one major offense that causes your license to accrue enough points to be suspended, such as excessive speeding or reckless driving. The type of points system that the state administers will vary based on the state. Some states will administer points based on the severity of the moving violations, and if a certain number of points are accumulated over a certain period of time, your license will be suspended.
- DUI or DWI: If you receive a DUI or DWI, due to driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) beyond the state’s legal limit or if you have prior convictions for a suspended license, your license will be suspended.
- Refusing a Breathalyzer, blood or urine test: As part of ‘implied consent’ laws active in most states, if you are suspected of driving under the influence and you refuse to give a breath, blood, or urine sample, your license will be suspended, even if you are not convicted of the DUI/DWI.
There are also some less common offenses that can result in the suspension of your drivers license:
- Failing to pay child support: If you are divorced and are the noncustodial parent, you will lose your license if you fail to pay child support.
- Fuel piracy or theft: In more than a dozen states, if you drive away without paying for gas or otherwise steal fuel, you could lose your license for several months.
- Parental withdrawal: In certain states, parents or guardians must sign a permission slip in order for their children to obtain a drivers license once they are of legal driving age. They may revoke this permission at any time before the child turns 18.
A suspended license can often create significant hardship for individuals who live in rural areas or who need to drive a vehicle as part of their employment. For certain offenses resulting in license suspension, you can appeal for a hardship license that will allow you to drive only under very specific circumstances, such as to and from work and the grocery store. If your license was suspended as a result of a DUI/DWI conviction, you may be able to install a device in your vehicle that requires you to take a breathalyzer test each time you drive as a condition of your hardship license. In these instances, it is best to contact a lawyer to understand your legal options.