Losing Your Driver’s License

When you lose your driver’s license, you face one of the most disruptive of modern inconveniences. Not having a license feels a great deal like losing freedom, and it can impact you in almost every area of your life. However, you do have options.

At Whiteaker & Wilson, PC d/b/a Law Office of Stuart P. Huffman, our attorneys have experience in handling criminal law problems of all sizes. They help people from across Springfield deal with the outcomes of criminal convictions. When it comes to driver’s licenses, our lawyers educate our clients on the reality of their situations and help them pursue better futures. If that’s you, then below are a few questions you probably have.

Is reinstatement possible?

In almost every instance of license revocation in Missouri, there are conditions that you can fulfill to regain your driving privileges. Those conditions are a little different, depending on the circumstances. Typically, they involve:

  • Paying a fee – typically $20, but it can be more
  • Passing required tests
  • Maintaining proof of car insurance

For certain circumstances, such as refusing to submit to an alcohol or drug test or other drunk driving violation, the state will ask you to complete some substance awareness program and install an ignition interlock device (IID).

What about long-term revocations?

For long-term revocations, which are the five- and 10-year license denials that can come with multiple driving under the influence (DUI) charges, you’ll have to pursue an order of reinstatement. Typically, that order will also include an IID, which will be equipped with a camera and possibly even GPS.

Can I drive at all?

You may qualify for some limited driving privileges (LDP), but that will depend on how necessary driving is to your employment or other important matters. If you meet the state’s hardship tests, then you can move on to apply – or, in the case of long-term revocations, petition the court – for LDP.

Reach Out To Our Team For More Answers

You should know that any application or petition is going to be complex, which is why you should turn to us. Our skilled lawyers understand how to build a successful petition and help our clients get back the licenses – and freedoms – that they deserve. Contact our office at 417-413-5858 for a free consultation, or send us an email.