Think a serious traffic violation is the only way to lose your driver’s license? Think again. There are plenty of ways to lose your license, either temporarily or permanently, and some are easier than you’d think. Know the facts on license suspension and revocation in Virginia to understand how you can best protect your driving privileges.
- Get too many demerit points.
Every time you’re convicted of a traffic violation, a certain number of demerit points are applied to your driving record. Adult drivers receive an automatic 90-day license suspension if they accumulate 18 points within a year or 24 points within two years.
- Commit a DUI.
If you’re convicted of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI/DWI), you may have your driver’s license revoked. Repeat offenders tend to face even more serious penalties and longer periods of suspension or revocation.
- Flee the scene of fatal accident.
If you witness a motor vehicle accident, you have a duty to stop and disclose your identity. It’s especially important to stop at the scene of a fatal crash. If you flee the scene, the state has grounds to revoke your license.
- Get a manslaughter or felony conviction.
You may face a license revocation if you’re involved in a vehicle collision that caused another person’s death. More specifically, the state can revoke your license if you’re convicted of voluntary or involuntary manslaughter. The same is true if you commit a felony violation with the use of a motor vehicle.
- Drive recklessly or aggressively.
You can get a reckless or aggressive driving conviction for offenses like racing, failing to signal, or following another car too closely. If this happens, the court may order a license suspension as part of your penalties.
- Fail to pay court ordered fees.
When you’re found guilty of a crime, the courts may penalize you with certain fines and costs appropriate to your offense. If you don’t pay, the state can suspend your license in response, regardless of whether the original violation was motor vehicle-related.
- Commit a certain drug offense.
Some types of drug offenses carry penalties like license suspension or revocation. This is often true even if the incident had nothing to do with the use of a vehicle. However, Governor McAuliffe just signed a bill which eliminates the automatic driver’s license suspension for adults convicted of simple possession of marijuana—though the license suspension remains for juveniles convicted of the same crime.
- Drive without a valid license.
Never get behind the wheel with a suspended, revoked, or otherwise invalid license. If you do, you’ll risk losing your driving privileges for an even longer period of time.
If you’ve lost your driver’s license for any reason, you may be wondering how you’ll get to work or drive your children to school. You may be able to get a restricted driver’s license until you’re able to apply for a license reinstatement. You should contact a qualified lawyer for assistance in any of these areas. The law firm of Seth Saunders can help you fight traffic charges, request a restricted license, and apply for reinstatement while keeping you informed throughout the process. Give us a call to defend your driving privileges and get back on the road in record time.