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Driving on public highways and streets in Kansas is considered a privilege and not a right. Because of this, it’s possible for the state to suspend your driver’s license for several reasons, some of them not even related to driving.
Since most people need their driver’s license to get to and from work, take care of family obligations, and handle other important matters, losing the privilege can be costly and devastating. Here are some of the reasons why your driver’s license might get suspended and how to get a suspended license reinstated in Kansas.
What’s the Difference Between License Suspension and Revocation?
The state of Kansas can suspend or revoke your driving privileges for a variety of reasons. Either action means you are unable to drive a vehicle, but they have different implications under the law:
- License suspension — This refers to a temporary hold on your driving privileges until a time period expires or a set of requirements are met.
- License revocation — This refers to a loss of your driving privileges, which will stand until the state agrees to grant you a new license.
Certain offenses will come with automatic license revocation, meaning you will lose your license after a conviction as one of the potential penalties.
Reasons Why Your Kansas License Might Get Suspended
There is a long list of offenses that can get your license suspended or revoked by the Kansas Division of Vehicles. Some driving and non-driving offenses that may lead to a suspension or revocation include:
1. Driving without a license or a suspended license
Driving without a license or with a suspended license can lead to stiff penalties as well as an increase in the length of the suspension. The length of the additional suspension will depend on the reason for the original suspension.
2. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
If you are found guilty of DUI, refuse to take a chemical test upon suspicion of DUI or fail the chemical test, your Kansas driver’s license will be suspended. The length of the suspension will vary depending on the circumstances.
3. Reckless driving
While considered a misdemeanor in Kansas, reckless driving is a serious enough moving violation that it carries mandatory jail time and it’s a strike towards being a habitual violator.
4. Driving without insurance
Vehicle drivers in Kansas are expected to be adequately insured. Your license can be suspended if you fail to provide proof of proper insurance when asked.
5. Causing and fleeing the scene of an accident
If you’re involved in a hit-and-run accident where you are at fault, there’s a good chance you’re going to lose your driving privileges.
6. Causing death or serious bodily harm with your vehicle
Any use of a vehicle that results in death or bodily harm, whether in an accident or the commission of a crime, is going to result in license revocation.
7. Failing to pay a traffic ticket or appear in court
If you fail to pay a traffic ticket or do not show up for a mandatory court appearance, you could face a driver’s license suspension.
8. Purchasing, consuming or possessing alcohol by a minor
Even if you weren’t in a vehicle when it occurred, your license will be suspended if you are convicted of purchasing, consuming or possessing alcohol as a minor.
9. Accumulating three more moving violations in a year
Kansas is classified as a moving violation state, meaning you face a license suspension if you accumulate three moving violations in a single year.
10. Failing to pay child support
In Kansas, your license can be suspended indefinitely if you are at least six months behind in making child support payments that you can financially afford to pay.
Options if Your Driver’s License Is Suspended in Kansas
Having a license suspension or revocation can be incredibly inconvenient. If you believe your license has been suspended due to one of the reasons listed above, it’s important that you stop driving. If you are caught driving with a suspended license, you could face penalties that include adding length to your suspension and mandatory jail time.
When your license has been suspended, there are several options to reinstate your driving privileges.
Obtain a Restricted License
Kansas has provisions for a modified suspension, where you may be able to operate a vehicle under restricted driving privileges. If approved, you can use your vehicle for the purposes of work, school and medical care.
Fight the Underlying Case
In some situations, you can challenge the underlying case and have your license suspension reversed.
If you don’t choose either of these options, you will simply need to wait out the suspension and pay the fees to apply for license reinstatement.
How to Get a Suspended License Reinstated in Kansas
If your Kansas driver’s license has been suspended or revoked, you’ll need to take action to get your driving privileges back before you can drive again. An experienced Kansas license suspension attorney can help you achieve this goal. Some of the issues Sloan Law Office, LLC can help you resolve include:
- Assisting you with reversing tickets where you have paid a fine or pleaded guilty in response to citations
- Working with you to resolve a suspension resulting from failure to appear
- Assisting with other legal issues, such as child support, that have contributed to a license suspension
- Applying for a restricted driver’s license or limited driving privileges
In many cases, the violations that lead to driver’s license suspension take place in different jurisdictions. You might have violations in different cities, counties and states. Sloan Law reviews your situation and creates a strategy that will help produce the best possible results.
Contact an Experienced Kansas License Suspension Attorney
Few drivers have the intention of losing their driving privileges when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Unfortunately, this happens all too often in Kansas, and good people find themselves losing this privilege. If you need to get your license reinstated, you will have a better chance at success with the right attorney in your corner.
Sloan Law has extensive experience helping clients through the process of reinstating their driver’s licenses. Depending on the circumstances of your case, our firm will create a strategy designed to produce the most positive results possible and get you back on the road.
For a free consultation to learn more about your options, contact our office today.