Kansas City License Reinstatement Lawyer
For many of us, a driver’s license is an essential element of our daily lives. It allows you to drive legally and safely on the roads, offers employment opportunities, and permits you to access public services such as schools, hospitals, and banks.
If your Kansas City license has been suspended or revoked for any reason, you may be eligible for a license reinstatement hearing in order to have your driving privileges restored. A license reinstatement hearing will allow you to present evidence that demonstrates why your license should not be suspended or revoked. This includes proof that you are no longer under suspension or revocation, that you have completed all required court-ordered programs, that you have paid all fines and fees associated with your case, and that you have complied with all other conditions imposed by the court.
If you have a suspended license and are in need of an attorney, get in touch today and see how our team can help. We offer free consultations and our goal is to provide you with the best possible legal representation so that you can regain your driving privileges without having to worry about anything else.
Suspension or Revocation?
When it comes to suspending or revoking your driver’s license, there are two types of cases:
1) Suspensions – When you receive a notice from the Department of Revenue (DOR) informing you that your driver’s licenses have been suspended because you were involved in a traffic accident while intoxicated.
2) Revocations – When DOR receives information indicating that you have failed to comply with one or more requirements set forth in your driver’s permit. These include failing to pay insurance premiums, failure to maintain financial responsibility, failure to complete a drug test, etc.
In either case, if you believe that your license should not be revoked or suspended, we encourage you to contact our office immediately. Our attorneys will review your situation and determine whether you qualify for a license reinstatement. If you do qualify, we will work hard to restore your rights and ensure that your license remains intact.
Why Might I Lose My License?
There are several reasons why your license could be suspended or revoked. Some common causes include:
Failure To Pay Insurance Premium
You must keep your vehicle insured at all times, and insurance failure will result in the automatic suspension of your license.
Driving While Under The Influence Of Alcohol Or Drugs
This is a serious offense that can result in a suspension or revocation of your license. You may also face additional penalties including jail time, fines, and community service.
Failing To Comply With Court Orders
A conviction for DUI means that you cannot drive until you have successfully completed a treatment program and passed a breathalyzer test. If you fail to complete the requirements, you risk losing your license permanently.
Driving Without Proof Of Financial Responsibility
This is typically reserved for commercial vehicles but applies to anyone who drives a motor vehicle without proof of financial responsibility.
How Do I Get My License Back In Kansas City?
The process of getting your license reinstated varies depending on the type of violation that led to your suspension or revocation. For example, if you received a license suspension as a result of an alcohol-related incident, you will likely need to attend an alcohol education course before being allowed to apply for a license reinstatement and have your driving privileges restored. However, if you have been convicted of a crime such as DUI, you will need to follow different procedures such as fitting an ignition interlock device.
There are a few steps to help you with license reinstatement in Kansas City, and these include:
Step 1 – Contact Us
If your driving privileges have been revoked or your driver’s license suspended, it is important that you contact an experienced license reinstatement attorney right away. We will evaluate your case and determine what needs to happen next.
Step 2 – Obtain Your Driving Record
The next step is to uncover the exact circumstances of and reason for your license suspension or revocation. This includes obtaining copies of any court documents pertaining to your arrest or conviction. To achieve this, you will need to contact the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR).
Step 3 – Determine How Long Your Suspension Lasts
Once you obtain your driving record, we will use it to determine how long your suspension lasts. Typically, a suspended license can last anywhere from 30 days to two years and having this information will help give you the best possible chance of getting your license reinstated.
Step 4 – Apply For A Reinstatement Petition
Different suspensions and convictions carry different penalties, including the length of time that your suspension will last for. Once you have obtained your driving record, you will have a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding your suspension, and you can then work to get your license back.
At this point, you will also have to pay the reinstatement fee of $65.
Step 5 – Submit Your Application
After completing our application form, we will submit it to the DOR. They will review your request and decide whether they will accept it. If they agree, they will send you a letter informing you when you can expect to receive your driver’s license and have your driving privileges reinstated.
Step 6 – Attend An Education Course (SATOP)
In some cases, the DOR requires you to take an alcohol education class or drug counseling before allowing you to apply for a license restoration petition. The class will teach you about the dangers of drinking and driving, and it will allow you to learn more about the consequences of failing to comply with court orders.
A SATOP – Substance Abuse Traffic Offenders Program – is required by all drivers who have had their driving privileges suspended due to a drug-related offense, or have been convicted of driving under the influence of a controlled substance.
You may also be required to install an ignition interlock device following a conviction for driving under the influence – this is likely to be a condition to have your driver’s license reinstated.
In certain circumstances, you may have to attend a driver’s education program as a condition of having your driving privileges reinstated – this can be common if you have a license suspension as a result of a serious traffic violation or moving offense.
Step 7 – Obtain an SR-22 Form
You will also be required to provide proof of insurance coverage in the form of a proof of liability insurance form. This document will allow you to drive legally once you have your driver’s license reinstated and have your driving privileges restored.
Step 8 – Retake Your Driver’s Test
In some cases, you may have to retake your test to get your driver’s license and regain your driving privileges – this is usually a penalty for drivers who are involved in a motor vehicle accident, are convicted of a DUI under the age of 21, or are involved in a moving violation.
Abuse And Use
In some cases, you will be charged with an Abuse and Lose violation, and this will mean you are automatically eligible for a limited driving privilege. You will need to purchase an SR22 form and, if approved, you will be granted limited driving privileges for the duration of your suspended or revoked license. This can only be requested once every three years, and you will be ineligible if you receive multiple license suspension events in a three-year period.
Your Next Steps
If you are looking to reinstate your revoked or suspended license, it is imperative that you have a licensed attorney on your side. Our Kansas City Missouri license reinstatement lawyers understand the process and know exactly what steps you must take to restore your license – and we can offer the support you need to regain your license and restore your driving privileges. Call us today to schedule a free consultation, and allow us to help you today.