Your Options After A Driver’s License Suspension
A driver’s license suspension has an immediate impact on your life. You may find it impossible to go to work. If you have children, you cannot drop them off at school. Your freedom is restricted.
Understanding how to get your driver’s license back is crucial. At Goodwin Como, P.C., in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, we can help. You may never have been through this process before, but our lawyers have years of experience. At our office, we focus on excellent communication and compassionate assistance. We know the challenges you face, and we are here to help you get your license back.
Reasons For A Suspension
Under Pennsylvania law, there are many potential reasons for a driver’s license suspension. A few include:
- Getting a DUI
- Refusing to take a breath test during a traffic stop for a suspected DUI
- Committing traffic violations
- Possessing illegal drugs, even if you are not in a vehicle at the time
- Drinking while underage, even if you did not drive a car or ride in one
- Driving while your license is already suspended
- Causing a car accident
- Not paying your traffic tickets
- Not paying child support
- Failing to appear in court
- Having a doctor state that you are not medically cleared to drive
If we file an appeal, an automatic stay is usually put on the suspension, allowing you to drive during the appeals process. This can buy you time. In addition, you may be able to work through the underlying cause and get the suspension lifted.
One critical thing to remember about DUI suspensions is that failing the blood alcohol test or simply refusing to take the breath test automatically triggers a suspension. You do not have to be convicted.
If your license is suspended due to a DUI, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will notify you of the date you must hand over your license. You then have the next 30 days to file your appeal. Our lawyers will help ensure that you do not miss this deadline, and we can represent you at the hearing. You may be eligible for an ignition interlock device, allowing you to continue driving, or you may be able to fight the charges on other grounds such as saying that there was a simple failure to communicate and you never intended to refuse the test.
Talk To A Driver’s License Reinstatement Lawyer Today
If you want to get the license restoration process started, we offer free initial consultations. Just get in touch with us online or call 724-438-1616 to speak with an experienced driver’s license suspension attorney.
Attorneys Benjamin F. Goodwin and Amanda M. Como