From the time they are teenagers to their elderly years, many North Carolina residents rely heavily on their driver’s license. This license often acts as the gateway to their main form of transportation, and many find it much more difficult to get through their daily lives when they are unable to drive.
Unfortunately, if someone breaks the rules when it comes to driving, it is all too easy to find their license suspended or even revoked. If this happens to you, you may have to jump through various hoops and wait specific lengths of time before you can work toward getting your license reinstated. In some extreme cases, getting a license back may not be possible.
When could you lose your license?
While any traffic citation or charge is worth looking into closely, a single traffic ticket will likely not ruin your driving record (depending on the severity of the offense, of course). However, any of the following issues could put your license on the line as well as lead to other serious consequences:
- Numerous traffic violations or points on your driving record
- Multiple convictions for DUI
- Excessive speeding or racing
- Not answering a court summons
- Committing a hit-and-run in which injuries resulted
- Driving while under the influence of drugs
- Reckless driving, which could encompass various activities
It is also prudent to point out that driving laws and stipulations for license suspension or revocation vary from state to state. As a result, if you have a serious driving violation on your record or have recently been in custody for an offense, you may want to gain information on whether your situation could place your driver’s license at risk.
Defending against charges
If you are facing a situation in which you could lose your license or face other serious repercussions because of your accused actions behind the wheel of a vehicle, you would be wise to thoroughly explore your defense options. You may have the ability to create and present a defense that allows you to avoid losing your license.
In the event that you do lose your license, that does not necessarily have to be the end of the road. You may have options for having your license reinstated if you follow the proper procedures. However, that option is not always available, so it is crucial that you gain information that directly applies to your specific circumstances.