What Are the Most Common Reasons for License Suspension in Missouri?

The Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) is the agency that administers and issues driver’s licenses. As a result, DOR also has the authority to suspend or revoke your driver’s license in certain situations.

One of the most common reasons for license suspension is a guilty plea or conviction on charges of driving while intoxicated (DWI). If it is your first DWI offense, you may receive a 90-day suspension. After a 30-day period of suspension, you may be eligible to obtain a restricted driver’s license in some cases. However, if you are stopped on suspicion of DWI and refuse to take a chemical or blood alcohol content (BAC) test, you are subject to a one-year suspension. You must serve 90 days of that suspension before you might be eligible for a restricted license, but if you have previously refused a chemical test, you may have to serve the entire suspension with no restricted license. For subsequent DWI convictions, the suspension periods become even longer.

Another common reason for license suspension is the accumulation of too many points assessed by DOR on your driving record. DOR assesses these points to your license when you have committed too many traffic violations within a certain period. You also may have points assessed by DOR if you commit certain driving-related criminal offenses, such as driving with an invalid or no license. This type of license suspension or revocation can last from 30 days to one year, depending on the situation. In some cases, you can get a limited driving privilege when your license is suspended or revoked for this reason, but in other cases, you may not be eligible. The Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center has the reputation and skills that you want and need when defending yourself against criminal charges related to DWI, assault, traffic violations, and other matters. Our goal is to assist you in building the strongest defense available in your case. We also can assist you with the expungement process, which can help improve your future by sealing your previous criminal records. Do not hesitate to contact Benjamin Law Firm, LLC, at (816) 322-8008 or fill out the online information form located here.

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