Accomplished Kansas City License Suspension Attorney Assists Drivers
Jackson County lawyer seeks reinstatement of clients’ driving privileges
Navigating daily life in Missouri without a driver’s license can be extremely difficult. If you need help avoiding license suspension or getting on the right path to restore your driving privileges, I am here to help. Since 1984, Howard L. Lotven, P.C. in Kansas City has worked to protect the rights, freedoms and privileges of people in Jackson County and throughout northwestern Missouri. My goal is to get your driving privileges reinstated promptly and efficiently.
Respected Missouri law firm advises clients with suspended driver licenses
License suspension is the temporary removal of driving privileges. Grounds for license suspension in Missouri include but are not limited to:
- Accumulation of eight driver license points in a period of 18 months
- A legal judgment against you in a motor vehicle accident case
- Administrative alcohol arrest or DWI
- Refusal to submit to an alcohol or drug test
- Failure to maintain insurance
- Failure to pay child support
- Failure to file an accident report
It is illegal to drive with a suspended license. However, you may be able to petition a circuit court for Limited Driving Privileges (LDP). If approved, you will be able to drive in certain circumstances, such as traveling to and from your job.
Driving on a suspended license in Missouri is a crime with significant penalties:
- A first offense is a Class D misdemeanor, punishable by a $500 fine.
- A second or third instance of driving on a suspended license is charged as a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in county jail and a $2000 fine.
- A fourth offense, or a third offense when the driver has a prior DWI conviction, is a Class E felony punishable by up to four years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
A driving-while-suspended conviction will add 12 points to your license, which may result in your license being revoked entirely.
As a seasoned criminal defense attorney, I can examine the charges brought against you and identify ways that you might be able to stay behind the wheel.
Knowledgeable Jackson County attorney assists those with revoked licenses
When a license is revoked, the driver loses their driving privileges for at least a year and must retake the driver’s license exam before having their privileges reinstated.
Your license will be revoked if you accumulate 12 points in a span of 12 months, or add 18 points in 24 months or 24 points in 36 months based on the scale assigning a certain number of points to most traffic offenses. Receiving two DWI convictions or failing to install an ignition interlock device are among the other grounds for revocation.
If you are in danger of having your license revoked, speak with a qualified attorney. My office is here to help.
Dedicated lawyer helps clients petition for Missouri license reinstatement
A driver with a suspended or revoked license can seek to have their license reinstated by the Missouri Driver License Bureau by completing several steps. The basic license reinstatement process involves:
- Learning why your driving privileges were taken away
- Determining if you are eligible to have privileges reinstated
- Identifying the correct forms and fees to file
- Submitting the forms, evidence and fees
The forms and fees you need to file will depend on the reason for your suspension or revocation. A mistake in your application can result in a longer wait before you can get behind the wheel again.
As your attorney, I will review all details of your case and assist you through every step of the license reinstatement process.
Contact a supportive Kansas City license reinstatement attorney for a free consultation
Howard L. Lotven, P.C. in Kansas City, Missouri helps residents of northwestern Missouri restore their driving privileges after license suspension. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 816-295-6822 or contact me online.