DUI charges carry a number of consequences, but perhaps none is more annoying
or frustrating than having your driver’s license suspended or revoked.
Losing your ability to transport yourself to and from your job and your
appointments can be a huge hassle and can place you at the graces of those
around you. So if you’ve had your license suspended or temporarily
revoked, how do you go about regaining your driving privilege? There are
a few ways you can; let’s take a look at them now.
When you are arrested and charged with DUI, you will have 10 days to request
an administrative hearing with the DMV. This is an extremely important
step you should not ignore—failing to request one of these hearings
means your license revocation is confirmed and you will be subjected to
the mandatory minimum suspension.
At your hearing, you and your Murfreesboro DUI lawyer will attempt to demonstrate
that your license suspension is unwarranted to a panel of DMV officials
who are often already determined to uphold the officer’s revocation
of your license and keep you off the road. If you are successful in your
hearing, you can reinstate your license immediately, however, it does
not excuse you from the criminal trial you will also face as part of your arrest.
Whether you have won your DMV hearing or you have finished serving
all penalties for your DUI, you can opt to reinstate your full license once
the DMV says you can (they’ll usually send you a letter a few weeks
before you become eligible). First, you must pay your license reinstatement
fee. The amount of your fee depends on the nature of your case; for example,
repeat offenders usually pay more. You can choose to do this online, at
your local DOS Reinstatement Office, by phone, or by mail.
Once you have paid your fee, you may re-obtain your license. However, while
you are free to drive where you would like, you may still be required
to fulfill a few restrictions, including continuing to use an ignition
interlock device if you have been ordered to do so.
When your license is revoked or suspended, you may be eligible to obtain
a restricted license, which grants you driving privileges in a limited
capacity for the duration of your sentence. In order to do this, first
you must pay any outstanding court costs or fines. Second, you must present
a form SR-22 to the DMV, which is a proof of financial responsibility.
This is usually a form of high-liability insurance, and companies will
usually send you a proof that you can bring to the DMV. Once this is done,
you may be required to bring your vehicle to a State-authorized installer
and have it outfitted with an ignition interlock device (though this may
not be required). Once all of these prerequisites are completed, the court
will give you an order that grants you a restricted license, which you
can then take to the DMV, along with your SR-22 insurance proof, and obtain
by paying a fee. Be sure to keep all of these documents with you when driving.
If you need assistance with a DUI case,
Joshua T. Crain can offer you exceptional representation and knowledgeable counsel to
guide you through the process. As a Murfreesboro DUI lawyer, Attorney
Crain has been trusted and relied upon by numerous clients, and he takes
great pride in giving them the confidence to face their charges and present
an aggressive defense. Attorney Crain has earned numerous awards and accolades
for his practice, including a perfect 10.0 Superb rating from Avvo and
selection as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers.
If you are facing a
license suspension as a result of DUI charges, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and
call Joshua T. Crain, Attorney at Law now! Dial 888.988.5578.