Reasons for a Suspended Driver’s License
In North Carolina, an individual’s driver’s license may be suspended for a wide variety of reasons. The most common reasons for a suspended drivers’ license are traffic related offenses such as speeding, reckless driving, or driving while intoxicated. A driver’s license may also be suspended for accumulating too many license points as a result of multiple traffic infractions. A driver’s license may also be suspended if an individual refuses to submit to a blood alcohol test to determine if the individual was driving while intoxicated. North Carolina recognizes implied consent to submit to a blood alcohol test if an individual holds a driver’s license in the state of North Carolina, therefore this refusal is grounds for suspended a driver’s license. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is responsible for the suspension and/or revocation of drivers’ licenses based on court orders and the rules set by the DMV itself.
If your license is revoked, you may be charged with the crime of driving while license revoked if you are caught driving during the time period of your suspension. A charge of driving while license revoked can be either a class I or class III misdemeanor charge. If your license is suspended due to a DWI offense, you could face a class I misdemeanor. If your license is revoked for another matter, you would face a class III misdemeanor. You could also receive additional suspension time if you are convicted of the offense of driving while license revoked.
When an individual’s time of suspension is up, the individual may have their license reinstated. In order to reinstate a driver’s license, you must file for reinstatement and pay the necessary fines associated with reinstatement set by the Department of Motor Vehicles. If you have questions concerning the grounds for suspending a driver’s license in the state of North Carolina or reinstatement of a suspended driver’s license, contact the attorneys at Mulligan Epstein.