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What To Do When Your License Has Been Suspended

Having your license suspended can cause a lot of inconvenience on your part. For one, you are limited to the number of places where you can go. Aside from that, you would want to be very careful not to violate any traffic rules or you could find yourself in a much deeper hole. When your license is suspended, you may be limited with the number of things you can do with your car.

Depending on your violation, it is the Department of Motor Vehicle that determines how your license will be reinstated based on how it was suspended. Each violation will have different reinstate requirements. When your license was suspended, you might be required to obtain an SR-22 form. Your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles will notify you of the suspension of your license through mail. Likewise, you can check the status of your license on your driving record.

On your driving record, you will find the following information: 1) the reason for the suspension of your license; 2) the duration of suspension, based on the severity of violation, and whether you are a repeat offender; 3) special requirements you need to satisfy

If your license was suspended outside of your home state, it will be sent back to your home state under the Interstate Driver’s License Compact, which honors the license suspension law of another state even though the violation was not committed in your state of residence. Under the agreement, you can appeal for the suspension in accordance with the laws in your state.

If the reason for the suspension was due to a post-conviction or post-arrest DUI, it is still possible to reinstate your driving privileges. You can file a petition through a separate civil proceeding to allow you to get a hardship or occupational driver’s license so you can continue working. With this license, you will still be given your driving privileges while your case is still pending.

Aside from employment, you may request for such license for bringing your kids to school, seeking medical attention, or taking care of a disabled family member. To apply, just file a petition and pay the corresponding fee to the clerk of court. However, the petition will not suffice for the restoration of your driving privileges. You must also request for a hearing and provide the prosecution team with the notice of hearing. During the hearing, you have to prove that you should be granted a hardship or occupational license.

In most states, you will be required to take the necessary steps to have your license reinstated. You need to pay a reinstatement fee or else your license will remain suspended.

Wisconsin Holds Party Hosts Liable for DUI

If you hold a party in Wisconsin and let a guest under the legal drinking age drive after consuming alcohol, you could be held liable for a drinking under the influence (DUI) accident. This is an unusual qualification for social host liability, which is absent in most states that do penalize social hosts for DUI.

The legal drinking age in Wisconsin is 21, but it is lawful for someone under 21 to drink if a parent or guardian is present. So let us say you host the annual family reunion, and you run out of ice. You send out your 18 year old to the nearest 7-11, and he gets into an accident. Because he is not of legal drinking age, that one beer he had could lead to a DUI charge. Wisconsin has an “absolute sobriety” law which means any amount of alcohol found in the system of a minor will lead to a DUI. If that wasn’t bad enough, if the accident that got your son arrested in the first place resulted in injuries to another person you may be liable for exemplary and actual damages just because you let your son drive a few blocks after he drank a beer.

But those in Wisconsin are still lucky. The qualification limits the liability of those who hosts drinking parties or who provided liquor such as a bar or restaurant (this is dram shop liability) to underage drinkers. You won’t have to worry about it every time you hold a drinking party. Those over the age of 21 who get sloppy drunk still should not be allowed to drive, but the liability for injuries sustained in a DUI is theirs and theirs alone. Just don’t let any underage drinkers near the car keys.

So if you are ever injured in a DUI accident and the driver is under the age of 21, you will need a social host liability lawyer to straighten out who is liable for your injuries.