What If My License Gets Suspended Indefinitely?
Your driver’s license can be suspended indefinitely in South Carolina for various reasons, such as getting arrested for a DUI or having too many points against your driver’s license. How long your license will remain suspended will be dependent on the offense you committed and the circumstances of your case.
You should also know that it is a serious offense to drive with a suspended driver’s license. It will extend the suspension period and lead to hefty fines and even jail time. Here’s what you need to know if your driver’s license gets suspended indefinitely.
Why is My Driver’s License Suspended Indefinitely?
Your driver’s license can be suspended indefinitely for various reasons, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol
- Driving with a suspended driver’s license
- Hit and run or fleeing an accident scene
- Failing to pay your traffic tickets
- Being convicted of reckless driving at least twice within the last three years
- Accumulating 12 or more points on your record
- Not paying your child support obligations
- Refusing to submit to breath or chemical testing
- Failing to maintain your auto insurance policy
- Using false identification
Various criminal charges and convictions can also result in indefinite license suspension and even license revocation.
What to Do If Your Driver’s License Gets Suspended Indefinitely?
After getting a notification from the DMV that your license has been suspended, you must surrender your license and stop driving. Otherwise, you risk paying costly fines and going to jail. Depending on the specific offense that resulted in your license suspension, you may qualify for a provisional driver’s license. This license will enable you to drive to school, work, treatment programs, and medical appointments. If your indefinite license suspension is a consequence of getting arrested for or charged with a criminal offense, you must speak to a South Carolina criminal defense lawyer right away.
Once the suspension has been lifted, you will not automatically get your license back. You must take the necessary steps and complete certain requirements to have your license reinstated. In most cases, these requirements typically include the following:
- Pay the driver’s license reinstatement fees.
- Complete alcohol and drug treatment programs and other court-ordered treatment programs.
- Obtain and maintain proper auto insurance if your license suspension was due to a DUI offense.
- If your license was suspended due to drug or alcohol-related offenses or repeat DUI offenses, you must install an ignition interlock device (IID) at your expense in your vehicle.
- Take and complete basic driving or safe driving courses.
Reach Out to a Skilled South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyer Now
At The Law Office of Brad C. Richardson, LLC, we know how frustrating and stressful losing your license can be. Speak to our South Carolina criminal defense lawyer as soon as you find out that your driver’s license has been suspended. They can assess the circumstances of your indefinite suspension and figure out the best and quickest way to get your driving privileges back. Call our office or send us an online message to arrange your appointment with our South Carolina criminal defense lawyer.