3 things to know about a license suspension

On Behalf of | Dec 4, 2019 | Criminal Defense |

Being without a driver’s license can be frustrating. It is often difficult to get around and do what you need to when you have to rely on others to drive you. It could even cause issues in marriage, with your children or with work. So, if you worry about a license suspension in North Carolina, then it may help to learn more about this process and why it may happen.

The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles explains a driver’s license suspension is a form of punishment often due to a traffic violation. However, there are other reasons you may lose your license. Here is some more information you might want to know about a license suspension.

  1. Two ways to lose your license

There are actually two different processes by which the state can take your driving privileges away. A suspension is a limited time of not having your license. A revocation is when the state removes your rights to have a license. To restore your rights, you usually must comply with conditions and requirements set forth by the court.

  1. Reasons for suspension

You may lose your license for one offense, or it may happen after you have multiple offenses. An example is if you get too many points for traffic violations. You can get 12 points in a three-year time span. A crime that may result in an immediate suspension is a DUI. You may also face losing your license for things not related to driving, such as failing to appear in court or not paying a fine.

  1. Ending suspension

To end your suspension, you will have to wait out your suspension. You will also have to reapply for a license and meet all requirements in that process. You may also have to show proof of insurance.

If you face a suspension, you should take it seriously. Once the court suspends your privileges, it is difficult to get them back without waiting out the whole suspension period.