Being able to drive is essential for getting to work or going to school. This ability requires a valid driver's license. If your license has been suspended or permanently revoked, you may be wondering if you can ever drive again. The answer may be yes, but only if you have a hearing at the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and petition for license reinstatement. You only get one chance to have a hearing or you must wait months or even years before you can try again.
Your North Carolina Driver's License is considered a privilege, not a right. It is therefore in the discretion of the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) when and IF to return your license. It is up to you, and your lawyer, to present a credible and compelling case to the Hearing Officer to justify the return of this valuable privilege. The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will not return it you just because you claim to need it for work, for family, etc. They must be satisfied that you can be trusted again to drive the roads, which may be complicated by their view that you have already violated that trust in some manner.
Charlotte Attorney Christopher Connelly has represented clients at hundreds of hearings before the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. He has counseled clients and their witnesses how to be prepared for the probing questions that will be asked by experienced and shrewd DMV Hearing Officers.
Over 25 Years of Experience Counseling Clients on DMV issues
At the Law Office of Christopher A. Connelly, I have over 25 years of experience helping clients who have been convicted of a DUI or major traffic violation, and effective & efficient advice on DMV issues. Attorney Chris Connelly
is certified as a Specialist in State Criminal Law by the North Carolina State Bar. He is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the National College for DUI Defense, and he has over 25 years of experience in the criminal justice system. He personally manages every case at our firm, seeing that each client receives skilled and knowledgeable representation.
(Note that we may associate an attorney in another firm to assist with some cases. We also, of course, employ capable support staff who handle various administrative aspects of cases.)
Do not risk losing your license all over again. Get an experienced attorney to represent you. Contact our Charlotte office to arrange a consultation.
The DMV has the power to revoke your license for certain traffic matters including out of state speeding & traffic offenses, one or more Driving While License Revoked offenses, moving violations that occur while your license is revoked, Driving While Impaired, Refusing Chemical Tests etc. The DMV also has the authority to grant hearings to challenge the revocation and perhaps allow you to keep your privileges.
DMV may allow you to keep your license while a hearing is being scheduled ONLY IF you properly ask for a hearing. If you have received a letter from DMV, you should immediately contact this office so the proper steps can be taken to preserve your privileges.
We can demand a hearing to challenge the revocation as the law allows. Issues such as prior record, subsequent remedial endeavors and mitigating factors involved in your driving can be raised as applicable.
You can only petition for reinstatement after 10 years has passed since the date of your most recent Felony Habitual Driving While Impaired conviction. That is why it is so important that you obtain an attorney who knows how to represent you at the DMV hearing and argue on your behalf.
Traffic violation convictions include:
Want Your Driver's License Reinstated?
If your drivers' license has been revoked or suspended, attorney Connelly will work to get limited or full driving privileges reinstated as soon as possible. At the DMV hearing he will advocate for the reinstatement of your license by explaining your circumstances and need for a license. He can explain the conditions at the time you were charged. Was the weather bad? What were the specific circumstances? What needs do you have now for driving?
Limited driving privileges can also be requested by revoked/suspended drivers. Reinstatement can also be done through a " Motion for Appropriate Relief " where your cases are reopened and renegotiated to get your license reinstated.
Effective for offenses committed on or after January 1, 2012 a new statute provides for a civil revocation of a limited learner's permit or provisional license of a person under age 18 if the person is charged with a "criminal moving violation" as defined in that statute. An example of this could be a Speeding more than 15 miles over the limit or in excess of 80 MPH. This new statute appears to require the officer to arrest the young motorist and bring them before the magistrate who may immediately revoke their privilege.
Call 704-376-9376 or e-mail our Charlotte office to schedule a consultation with an experienced DMV hearings lawyer about license reinstatement. We serve clients in courts throughout Mecklenburg County and Cabarrus County.
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