There are a number of reasons why your driver's license may have been suspended. You may have let your insurance policy lapse, been charged with driving under the influence, or failed to pay related fines on time. While you may be able to deal with some aspects of these situations may on your own, there are many others that require the expertise of an attorney familiar with such cases. If you have recently had your license suspended, take a look below at just three reasons you should contact an attorney in your area as soon as possible.
Disputing a Medical Diagnosis
It is not uncommon to have a medical condition reported to your city's or county's department of motor vehicles. If this condition is judged to impair your ability to drive, then you are likely to have your license suspended automatically. Such conditions include a variety of sleep and vision disorders. If, however, you feel that your medical condition does not hamper your ability to operate a motor vehicle (or you believe you have successfully treated the condition through medication), then you may want to have a lawyer advise you on how to reverse the suspension. Providing the correct medical documentation is crucial, and mistakes can easily set your case back.
Negotiating a Lesser Charge
Dealing with the legal repercussions of a DUI or DWI charge can be stressful and confusing. If you are a repeat offender, you may have no choice but to accept the fine or sentence given to you, but first-time offenders are sometimes given more leeway. An attorney can often negotiate a deal that involves a shorter suspension of your license in exchange for completed volunteer work, for example. If you have recently been charged with driving under the influence but are seeking a shorter suspension, working with an attorney can be hugely beneficial.
Overturning the Suspension
Many times, when a license is suspended after a charge such as DUI or refusing a breathalyzer test, a hearing is then scheduled. An attorney will be prepared to conduct an argument at the hearing in your defense. After learning the facts of your case, they may be able to argue the arresting officer did not have reasonable grounds to charge you with a crime, or that they did not properly advise you of your rights. Without an attorney, you must make such arguments independently, which makes the possibility of overturning the suspension much lower.
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