When Can Your Driver’s License be Suspended?
3 years ago by Justin M. Schiks
A driver’s license suspension in Minnesota is different from a driver’s license revocation. If your license to drive is suspended, this means that although you may not operate a motor vehicle for a specific period of time, your license will be returned to you at some later point.
However, if your license to drive is revoked in Minnesota, then it is effectively canceled, and you will have to undergo an investigation before you will be able to obtain a new driver’s license.
Having your driver’s license suspended can result in an extreme amount of hassle and inconvenience.
Among other difficulties, if your license to drive is suspended, you will have to rely on others for rides to and from work and other locations, and your car insurance premiums will likely increase when you begin driving again. In the worst-case scenario, your insurance company may label you a high-risk driver and cancel your insurance policy altogether.
If your driver’s license has been suspended, the experienced Woodbury traffic offenses lawyers at JS Defense, PA. are ready to assist you. Please call us today to learn more about how we can help you with your legal defense.
Reasons Why Driver’s Licenses are Suspended in Minnesota
There are numerous reasons why a person’s driver’s license may be suspended in Minnesota. Some of the most common reasons include the following:
Numerous moving violations
Although Minnesota does not utilize a point system (i.e., where drivers have points assessed against their driving records if they commit a moving violation), numerous moving violations on a person’s record may lead to a driver’s license suspension, cancellation, or revocation.
Driving without motor vehicle insurance coverage
Motor vehicles that operate within the State of Minnesota are required to carry a minimum amount of motor vehicle insurance coverage at all times. If you are stopped for a moving violation, and you are unable to provide proof of insurance to the officer, your driver’s license can be suspended. Subsequent offenses may result in more lengthy driver’s license suspensions.
Psychological or physical difficulties that prevent you from driving in a safe manner
The Minnesota Division of Driver and Vehicle Services has the discretion to require an individual driver to submit to a driver’s license re-examination, in the event he or she may not have the proper psychological or physical ability to operate a vehicle. If the re-examination shows that a driver’s psychological or physical fitness prevents him or her from safely operating a vehicle, then the driver’s license may be suspended for a period of time.
Driving on a suspended license (or without a license)
If you are caught operating a motor vehicle while your license is suspended, the length of your suspension will increase. Moreover, if you are convicted of driving on a suspended license (a criminal charge), a judge could sentence you to a maximum of five years in jail. Your driver’s license may also be suspended if you are caught operating a motor vehicle without having your license with you at the time.
Call a Woodbury Traffic Offenses Lawyer Today
The legal team at JS Defense, PA. may be able to help you fight a Minnesota driver’s license suspension. For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with an experienced Woodbury traffic offenses lawyer, please call us today at (651) 968-9652 or contact us online for more information about how we can assist you.