Losing your driver’s license can affect every aspect of your life, from losing your ability to travel to work and make money, shuffling your family around, and keeping social commitments.
While losing your license may seem earth-shattering, there is a process and steps you can take to reinstate your license, regardless of whether it was suspended because of a traffic violation or DWI case. Enlisting the help of an experienced lawyer can help expedite the process and increase your chances of regaining your permission to drive.
What Reasons Can Your Driver’s License Be Suspended?
North Carolina courts may suspend a driver’s license for a variety of reasons when they fear the driver has the potential to be a danger to others. Some of the reasons include:
- Accumulating too many points for traffic violations over three years
- Exceeding the speed limit by more than 15 mph
- Refusing a breath test
- Driving while impaired (DWI)
- Racing and reckless driving
- Failure to carry liability insurance
- Other various traffic violations
How long the court chooses to suspend your license will depend on the severity of your offense and past infractions.
How Do I Reinstate My Suspended Driver’s License In North Carolina?
After a court suspends your driver’s license and the suspension has been served, you can reapply for a driver’s license at a North Carolina driver’s license office. You will also need to show proof of insurance.
However, if you do not want to wait to serve out the suspension, an administrative hearing can shorten many suspensions and license revocations.
You must request a hearing by mailing a completed administrative hearing form with a fee. The DMV will notify you of a hearing date within 30 days of receiving the application.
What Should I Do If My License Has Been Suspended?
If your license has been suspended, first, do not drive. Driving with a suspended license can extend your suspension anywhere from one year to permanently.
Before you start the hearing process, reach out to the Knox Law Center right away. We offer free consultations to evaluate your case and help you understand what would need to be done to reinstate your driver’s license.
We pride ourselves in working to minimize the effect of a suspended license on your life as much as possible. During a DMV hearing, we will work to prove not a danger to society and that a license suspension creates an undue disruption to your life. In some cases, the court may grant you a limited driving permit to drive to certain essential places, such as work.