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What is a License Suspension in Missouri?

Posted by Matthew Russell on Feb 20, 2018 10:00:03 AM

A driver’s license suspension is the temporary withdrawal of a driving privilege imposed by the Missouri Department of Revenue. The normal length of suspensions are thirty (30), sixty (60), or ninety (90) days. How long you are going to be suspended is dependent on the number of times you have been suspended in the past or by specific statute for a certain alleged crime (like Driving While Intoxicated).

This is covered by Missouri Revised Statute Section 304.304.4

The license and driving privilege of any person whose license and driving privilege have been suspended under the provisions of sections 302.010 to 302.540 except those persons whose license and driving privilege have been suspended under the provisions of subdivision (8) of subsection 1 of section 302.302 or has accumulated sufficient points together with a conviction under subdivision (10) of subsection 1 of section 302.302 and who has filed proof of financial responsibility with the department of revenue, in accordance with chapter 303, RSMo, and is otherwise eligible, shall be reinstated as follows:
(1) In the case of an initial suspension, thirty days after the effective date of the suspension;
(2) In the case of a second suspension, sixty days after the effective date of the suspension;
(3) In the case of the third and subsequent suspensions, ninety days after the effective date of the suspension.

As you can see, the more times you get suspended, the longer the suspension is going to last. So, if you have been suspended in the past, even if it was multiple years ago, you are still looking at an extended period of time where you may be forced to decide if you are going to drive without a license. And, DWIs just make things more complicated!

It is important to note that if you drive without a license, you are facing misdemeanor, but possible felony criminal charges depending on your driving history. Further, if you get pulled over for this offense, you may be arrested and taken to jail. Finally, if you are in a wreck and you were driving while your license is suspended, your insurance may decide that it will not cover you because you were driving illegally.

Therefore, the length of time you are without this privilege to drive, which we all consider necessary to continue to be a functioning member of society, must be as short as possible. You do not want to find yourself caught in the endless loop of getting suspended and without a valid license.

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Topics: DWI, Criminal Defense Attorney, License Suspension and Revocation