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What should I do if my license is suspended?

On Behalf of | Jan 24, 2023 | Criminal Defense |

There are numerous scenarios in which the state of Tennessee can suspend your driver’s license. Perhaps you got arrested for a driving under the influence (DUI) charge. That will typically result in an automatic license suspension.

People also lose their licenses for failing to pay traffic tickets, for having too many traffic tickets or even for falling behind on child support obligations. Receiving a notice in the mail advising you of a license suspension could make you panic. You need to drive to get to work, and you likely have family members who depend on you for transportation purposes as well.

What should you do when you find out that the state suspended your license?

Make temporary arrangements

You cannot drive on a suspended license without risking far worse criminal consequences. Until you have an opportunity to address the license suspension, you will need to make arrangements to carpool with co-workers or for family members to take your children to school each day. You may need to buy a pass for public transportation or start making use of rideshare applications.

Once you have addressed your temporary transportation needs, you can then start making plans to regain your license.

Getting back your license can be a challenge

Depending on the circumstances that led to your license suspension, you may need to take numerous different steps to regain your driving privileges. For example, you may need to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in your vehicle if you hope to use a restricted license after alcohol-related suspension. You may need to pass a driving test and complete a mandatory suspension.

Often, a hearing in court may be necessary to regain your driving privileges or secure a restricted license as part of the IID program in Tennessee. It can be a challenge to understand what steps are necessary and to handle all of the bureaucratic red tape involved in the process.

Many people coping with a suspended license need the assistance of an attorney to successfully regain their driving privileges. When you have someone representing you, you won’t necessarily need to physically show up for court hearings, nor will you need to worry about making mistakes on paperwork. Having the right criminal defense support will help you regain your driving privileges when Tennessee suspends your license.