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What Do I Do If I Have Lost My Driving Privileges?

Assuming you want to get your privileges back, there are a few things you should do in such a situation. The state of Missouri will allow the opportunity to reinstate your driver’s license, but it depends on why your privileges were revoked in the first place.

Let’s say you have had your license suspended or revoked because of too many points on your record from speeding tickets (each time you are cited for a traffic violation, a certain number of points are assessed against your driving record; as they build up over time, the state will eventually impose a stiffer penalty). This can happen in a number of ways, but here a few examples: if you accumulate eight (8) points in eighteen (18) months, your driving privileges will be suspended for thirty (30) days if it is the first suspension, sixty (60) days if it is the second suspension, and ninety (90) days if it is the third suspension. If you accumulate twelve (12) points in twelve (12) months, eighteen (18) points in twenty-four (24) months, or twenty-four (24) points in thirty-six (36) months, your driving privileges will be revoked for one year.

If this is the situation in which you find yourself, the procedure moving forward would to file an SR-22 form (which proves up automobile insurance), and maintain such proof of liability insurance for two years from the starting date of your suspension/revocation, and pay a $20.00 fine.

Of course, it is much easier (and less stressful) if you were to simply have the tickets taken care of by an experienced attorney before it reaches this point. Instead of paying for the tickets (and allowing the subsequent points to accumulate), a lawyer can file what is called a Request for Recommendation with the court. This document is basically a request to the prosecutor that the ticket be reduced (or amended) to a non-moving violation. A non-moving violation does not appear on your driving record, thus no unwanted points. This will keep your insurance rates in check, and keep your record clean.

The affordable St. Louis traffic ticket defense lawyers at Brinkman & Alter, LLC have been getting tickets reduced (or dismissed) for our clients for years. We think that eliminating as many hassles as we can for you will make your life that much easier. Our initial consultation is free of charge, and most of the information we need can be provided over the phone. So call today!