Your driver license gives you a significant amount of freedom. With a license, you can conveniently drive yourself to work, school or anything else.
Losing your driving privileges due to a criminal charge or motor vehicle violation is devastating and frustrating. Here are some of the ways you may face a license suspension or revocation under Pennsylvania law.
1. Driving under the influence
Of course, if you receive a DUI conviction for alcohol or drugs, your license may be in jeopardy. License suspensions for DUI charges usually last between 12 and 18 months.
Additionally, refusing a breathalyzer or blood test when the police suspect you of a DUI automatically results in a license suspension. Not taking a test is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Even if the tests show you are drunk or high, you may be able to fight the charges against you. If you simply refuse the test, the state will suspend your license regardless.
2. Drug offenses
Any type of drug crime will result in a license suspension. A first drug offense will come with a minimum six-month suspension, and a second offense comes with a one-year suspension. The drug crime does not need to have anything to do with operating a car for your license to get suspended.
3. Reckless driving
Reckless driving occurs when a driver exhibits a disregard for the safety of nearby people and property. Some examples include the following:
- Making an illegal maneuver
- Driving while impaired
- Road rage
In order to be guilty of reckless driving, the prosecutor must prove you had an intent to harm others through deliberate irresponsibility. You may be able to reduce a reckless driving charge to a careless driving violation.
If you are losing your license for any reason, you may be able to get the charges and suspension dropped. Another possibility is getting a hardship license to accomplish essential tasks with your car.