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License suspension

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Updated: 6/17/2003 5:47 pm
Your driver's license can be suspended for a number of reasons, which differ among the states and local jurisdictions. In some cities, your failure to pay parking tickets can lead to suspension of your driver's license. In most state jurisdictions, any alcohol- or drug-related vehiclular violation will lead to the suspension of your driver's license. In some cases and jurisdictions, a police officer is empowered to suspend your license on the spot if he or she suspects that you're unable to operate your vehicle safely. Many states have laws making suspension of your driver's license automatic if you're suspected of a DUI (D-U-I) or DWI (D-W-I) offense and refuse to undergo a chemical test. Generally, your license won't be suspended for a simple moving violation such as exceeding the speed limit or failing to obey a stop sign, although some states operate a points system, in which a driver accumulates points for each traffic violation and risks license suspension if he or she exceeds a certain number of points within a certain time period. In some states, drivers who are under 18 years of age can have their driver's license suspended even for minor traffic violations. Most states have administrative license suspension laws, which stipulate the length of time that a license can be withheld and the period of time that has to elapse before an application can be made for its reinstatement. If your license has been suspended, you may qualify for a hardship or business-only license. You may also be able to apply for a reinstatement of your license, possibly with the condition that you attend a traffic class. If your driver's license has been suspended, consider contacting an attorney.

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