Driver’s license suspension can be implemented for various reasons according to Tennessee state law
The state of Tennessee can revoke or suspend your driver’s license for numerous reasons. Most incidents of driver’s license suspension are tied to driving under the influence (DUI) charges and convictions. Consequently, many people who have lost or will soon lose their driving privileges can feel as if they do not have a means to regain or protect those privileges due to the weight of the criminal justice system.
At The Law Offices of Joshua T. Crain, our Murfreesboro criminal defense attorney is dedicated to empowering the people and giving them hope for a better tomorrow. With years of experience as a former prosecutor – a role that won him awards and recognition – Attorney Crain has priceless insight as to what your opposition is thinking and what they plan to use against you.
HOW YOUR LICENSE CAN BE SUSPENDED
Being convicted of a DUI, even if it is the first DUI on your driving record, will likely result in a one year suspension of your driver’s license. If you refuse to take a chemical test – not a field sobriety test – at any point during your DUI arrest, your license will be automatically suspended by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Since this is an administrative penalty and not a criminal one, you cannot contest it in the court of law.
Your license can also be suspended if you get too many points on your record, which are accrued by:
- Traffic violations
- Reckless driving or racing
- Failing to pay citations
- Driving with a physical or mental disability
- Stealing gasoline or fuel at a gas station
- Not providing car insurance
SUSPENSION VS. REVOCATION
A driver’s license suspension is frustratingly limiting, preventing you from driving anywhere without a restricted license. The only silver lining is that at the end of the suspension, you will likely only need to pay another fine and sign some paperwork. Revocations are even more severe than a suspension, however, due to the fact that you will usually need to reprove to the DMV that you can safely drive.
To reinstate your license after a revocation, you may need to:
- Pay a steep fine
- Send informational packages to the DMV
- Retake driver’s tests
- Complete any criminal sentencing currently active
If your DUI involved injury or you accrued a large number of points on your driving record at once, the likelihood of your license being revoked instead of suspended increased greatly.
PROTECT YOUR FREEDOM OF MOBILITY
Being limited to travel without a motor vehicle can be a severe hindrance to most anyone. If you are facing driver’s license suspension related to an alleged criminal activity, you will want to respond in turn with initiative and a sense of urgency. You will want to contact our highly-experienced and client-praised Murfreesboro DUI lawyers today for a free case evaluation.