According to North Carolina law, having a driver’s license is a privilege granted by the DMV. In modern society, it often feels more like a necessity than a privilege, though. Most people need an automobile to get to work, to run errands, and just to live their daily lives.
Having your license suspended
At times, though, the courts or the DMV will determine that this privilege should be revoked or suspended. This can happen for a number of reasons, including DWI convictions or refusal to submit to a breathalyzer. For a first offense, DWIs or refusals to blow require the license be suspended for a year.
There are plenty of ways to get your license suspended other than DWIs, though. If you fail to appear for a court date or fail to pay a court fine, the judge may order your license suspended. If you fail to pay child support, often your license will be suspended until the full amount is paid. Many driving offenses may lead to a suspension or revocation of license, as well. Reckless driving, speeding, accruing points on your license, and failure to pay parking or speeding tickets can all lead to loss of your license.
Can these privileges be restored?
Licenses are quite often suspended, but they can also be restored in many circumstances. Having an attorney who understands the statutes in this area and can apply it to your unique case will give you the best chance of regaining your driving privileges.
Our attorneys are experienced in determining the best course of action to pursue. This could be seeking a deal with the DA in order to have the sentence suspended, a prayer for judgement granted, the charge dismissed, or pleading guilty to a lesser charge. There are also times when one can have limited driving privileges restored in order to go to work or for other necessary functions. An attorney will know when the right time to pursue any of these options will be.
A DMV hearing
Because driving is a privilege granted by the DMV, having your license restored is not done through a criminal court but through a hearing with the DMV. While this hearing is not open to the public, you are permitted to have an attorney represent you in front of the hearing officer. These proceedings are similar to a court case and you should rely on expert legal counsel to make sure you get the best representation and the best chance at restoring your driving privileges.
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