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Call attorney James P. Feely, Jr., if you have pending charges for driving while revoked or driving while suspended.
If you have a revoked or suspended license, you might be eligible for a limited driving privilege.
Many people with chronic driver's license issues end up with driving while revoked or driving while suspended tickets.
Those who work or have other obligations and need to drive, often decide it is worth the risk of getting pulled over by the police.
A driving while revoked (DWR) or driving while suspended (DWS) conviction has both criminal and civil penalties.
If a person pleads guilty to either offense, they will receive 12 points on their license, which will cause them to suffer a one year revocation of driving privileges.
There will also be some type of punishment from the court for pleading guilty to the offense.
A person could end up with a fine, probation and/or possible jail sentence.
Someone who does not have valid driving privileges will often keep driving and racking up DWR or DWS tickets over time, which will result in numerous points on their license and will make getting reinstated more difficult.
There are many reasons why a driver might be revoked or suspended.
One reason is a past DWI matter. It is possible the driver is revoked or suspended due to an administrative penalty for refusing a breath test, for testing over the legal limit, or possibly due to receiving points on their license for a DWI conviction.
If a person has multiple DWI cases over time, it can lead to what are called 5 and 10 year denials of driving privileges.
This means a driver's privileges can be revoked for 5 or 10 years and
the driver will not be allowed to become reinstated until the time has passed.
A person can also be revoked or suspended for accumulating too many points over time, for having a judgment suspension due to being responsible for an accident that left another party with unpaid damages, unpaid child support obligations, and many other reasons.
LIMITED DRIVING PRIVILEGE
Sometimes a driver can obtain what is called a Limited Driving Privilege (LDP) - sometimes referred to unofficially as a "hardship license", which will allow them to drive under certain conditions even while technically revoked.
A LDP allows a person to drive only to specific places and return home, and can limit the times of day the person is allowed to drive.
It is possible under the law for a driver to request a LDP directly from the Missouri Department of Revenue under certain circumstances - this will depend on the reason why the driver is revoked.
In situations where the driver serving a 5 or 10 year denial, the driver must petition the court for a limited driving privilege - and have it granted by a judge to be successful.
There are many technical details that must be followed in situations where a petition must be filed to obtain court-ordered limited driving privilege, and it is important to hire a lawyer that has experience in this area of the law.
Call attorney James P. Feely, Jr. today to discuss your DWR or DWS case. He has the knowledge and experience in LDP practice and law to assist you in these matters.
Mr. Feely can also help you with any other matters related to driving that you have.