Missouri Driver License Issues Attorneys

Losing your license for any reason can have a big impact on your life. You might find yourself having to take other types of transportation to get to work or school, and you will have less freedom than you did before your license was revoked, suspended, or denied. If you drive for a living, losing your license might lead to you losing your job.

When your driving privileges are at stake, you need an attorney on your side to navigate the complex driver license laws to protect and restore your driving privileges. The St. Louis criminal defense attorneys at Muhlenkamp & Bernsen Attorneys at Law, LLC will guide you through the process of obtaining a limited driving privilege, getting your license reinstated after a five or ten year denial, fighting a “refusal” or an administrative suspension (for “blowing over”), and assist you in addressing other actions (failure to appear suspensions, lieu of bail holds, etc.) on your driving record.

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Attorney Anthony Muhlenkamp
Attorney Tory Bernsen

In addition to helping you fight a revocation for refusing to blow or a suspension or revocation for allegedly having a BAC over the legal limit, we can:

  • Help you obtain your license after a five or ten year denial (License Reinstatement)
  • Help you obtain Limited Driving Privileges during a suspension, revocation, or denial
  • Help you obtain a Limited Driving Privilege through DWI Court
  • Help you obtain your license after a suspension for failure to appear, point revocations or suspensions, and “citations”
  • Fight a denial or revocation

Limited Driving Privilege (LDP) in Missouri

If your license has been suspended, revoked, or denied, you might be eligible for a Limited Driving Privilege (LDP). A limited driving privilege is exactly what it sounds like – permission to drive to certain places during certain times when your license is otherwise not valid.

Getting assistance with this matter from an experienced defense attorney can help you move this process along faster than if you do it alone. We will file the petition for you in either your county of residence or your county of employment. We will work with you to get you driving legally as quickly as possible.

In 2017, the relevant laws changed. These changes expanded the ability to get an LDP. Some reasons a person might still be ineligible for an LDP, despite the changes in the law, include:

  • You have been convicted of a felony that involved a motor vehicle within the last five years.
  • You have lost commercial driving privileges either through a suspension, revocation, cancellation, or disqualification. If this is the case, a non-commercial LDP might be issued.
  • You failed to pass a driving or medical exam under the Director of Revenue’s requirements and thus had your license revoked.
  • Your license has been suspended for an unsatisfied motor vehicle accident judgment, which means you owe for damages for an accident and have a suspended license until your payment has been made and you have complied with the judgment.
  • You have failed to pay a ticket in Missouri or another state, thus leading to your license suspension. This suspension is in place until payment has been made and you have complied with the ticket’s requirements.
  • You do not live, work, or attend school in Missouri.

Whether you are serving a 30, 60, or 90 day suspension, a 1-year revocation, or a 5 or 10 year denial, we can help you figure out the best way to get you driving privileges during this time period. Don’t wait until your license is already suspended, revoked, or denied. Let us help keep you driving!

Restricted Driving Privilege (RDP) in Missouri

If you are pursuing a Limited Driving Privilege, you might be ineligible if you have a DWI conviction. You might also lose your license if you have an Administrative Alcohol Suspension, meaning you drove a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that exceeds the legal limit, which is .08% or above. If this is the case, a Restricted Driving Privilege (RDP) may be issued and get you back on the road legally.

Your previous record can impact the consequences of receiving a DWI conviction when it comes to your license. For drivers who have not had any prior alcohol convictions, you will likely face a 30-day suspension. After this, you may be eligible for a 60-day Restricted Driving Permit (RDP). If you install an Ignition Interlock Device on your vehicle, an RDP may allow you to drive during the first 30 days as well (thus resulting in no time where you are without driving privileges). Your background matters! If you already have one or more alcohol convictions, you will lose your license for one year (or more!) and will not be eligible for an RDP. However, you may be eligible for an LDP. Call us today and we will work with you to get you back on the road as quickly as possible.

Missouri 5 and 10 Year License Reinstatement

If your driver license has been denied for a period of five or ten years, you will need a court order to get your license back. This is called “court-ordered license reinstatement.” We will file a petition to get your license back in the county in which you received your last DWI conviction. You will need to get what is called a “Criminal History Check,” which will then be filed with the Court. We will help you do this. Then there will be a hearing where a judge will decide whether you still “pose a threat” by driving.

We will file your petition, help you obtain your criminal history check, prepare you for the court hearing, and give you the best opportunity to get your license back. If you denial is nearing its end and your reinstatement date is approaching, it is a good idea to get started on this process earlier rather than later. You don’t want to be eligible for reinstatement but have to wait to drive, or have your LDP expire, because your case is still working its way through the court system. Call us today for a free evaluation of your case.

We will do everything we can to keep you driving (or get you back on the road) so you can work and support your family without the fear of getting a “driving while revoked/suspended” ticket every time you get in the car. Whatever your driver license issue is, we have seen it. Our past experience prosecuting these types of issues gives our legal team the knowledge and experience to put you in the best position possible.

Don’t be left without driving privileges for any longer than absolutely necessary just because your attorney didn’t know the ins and outs of the system. These are complicated cases, get the experience you need from a St. Louis Attorney experienced in driver license law. Call us today for a free evaluation of your case.

Contact St. Louis Criminal Defense Attorneys Muhlenkamp & Bernsen today for a free case evaluation.