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In Virginia, there are a variety of ways that your license can get suspended, the most common being from a failure to pay court fines or costs. Under Virginia Code Section 46.2-3958 anyone who is convicted of any violation who then fails to pay proper fines risks having their driving privileges suspended by the court.
If your license has been suspended for this or any other reason, it is likely in your best interest to contact a Virginia traffic lawyer as soon as possible to get your drivers license reinstated. Call today and schedule a free consultation with a traffic lawyer in Virginia or read on to learn more about license suspension.
In order to make sure that your driving privileges remain protected, you should pay any fines that the court issues as soon as possible. If you cannot pay the full amount in one lump sum, then you also have the option to enter into an agreement that is acceptable to the court for a payment plan of the unpaid fine. Once you have come up with an agreement that is agreeable to the court, then your license may be reinstated.
A few other offenses that can result in license suspension include a court order based on a reckless driving conviction, excessive accumulation of demerit points related to traffic violations, failing to satisfy an outstanding judgment related to a motor vehicle crash, failing to complete a driver improvement clinic as imposed by the court or failing to pay court fines and cost for convictions for motor vehicle related or non-motor vehicle related violations.
If you’re arrested for a DUI, then your license is automatically suspended for 7 days. This is called an administrative suspension. In order to get your privileges back, you have to take immediate action by having your attorney schedule a hearing with the DMV to challenge your driver’s license suspension.
Challenging a suspension is not automatic, but is something you are allowed to do as soon as you agree to a payment plan or to pay off all the fines necessary. In order to do this, you must file what is called a motion for review of administrative suspension of driver’s license with the General District Court in the jurisdiction where you’re charged. This should be done as soon as possible because otherwise the administrative suspension will run its course and challenging the suspension will be pointless.
If the reason your license is suspended is due to fines, then you can petition the court to have your license reinstated once you come to an agreement about a payment plan or you pay off the fine. For other reasons it is not usually possible, but you may petition the court in order to receive a restricted license.
A Virginia traffic lawyer can help protect your driving privileges by fighting for you in court against your original charges so that a conviction doesn’t cause your driving privileges to be taken away in the first place. If you are facing any kind of offense or violation where the consequence of a conviction would result in a driver’s license suspension, then the best thing for you to do is to get a good lawyer who can help argue for you and possibly have the charge reduced or dismissed in order to prevent the suspension.
If it is too late and your license has been suspended, then an attorney can help you obtain a restricted license so that you may be allowed to drive to and from work, school, or religious services.
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