Getting your driver's license suspended in Rhode Island can be a very stressful situation. Most people need their cars to do necessary daily tasks such as getting to work, picking up their kids from school, going to doctor appointments, and running errands. When your driver's license is suspended, you are no longer able to legally drive until you get your license reinstated.
It can be a complicated process to get your license reinstated in Rhode Island, but you do not need to go through the process on your own. The experienced criminal defense and traffic defense attorneys at the Law Office of David Ellison have helped many clients get their license reinstated early and even helped clients avoid getting their license suspended altogether.
When Can Your Driver's License Be Suspended in Rhode Island?
There are many circumstances that can lead to your driver's license getting suspended in Rhode Island, such as, reckless driving, a failure to pay fines at the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal, and more. One common way your license can get suspended is if you are convicted of a DUI in Rhode Island. According to Rhode Island General Laws 31-27-2, your license will get suspended after a DUI conviction and the length of time will depend on many factors, including whether you have a prior DUI conviction and whether you have a criminal record.
What Do You Need To Get Your License Reinstated After a DUI in Rhode Island?
There are a few things that could be required to get your license reinstated after a DUI. Though the exact requirements can vary, you will often need to:
- Complete the time period that the court says your license will be suspended
- Pay any fines associated with your driver's license suspension
- Pay a license reinstatement fee
- Fulfill any requirements that the court sets out for you to complete as part of the terms
Note: You may be able to apply for a hardship license. Hardship licenses may be given out under special circumstances while someone's license is suspended because of a DUI. For more information check out our post about understanding the Ignition Interlock and Hardship License laws in Rhode Island.
How Do You Get A Driver's License Reinstated in Rhode Island?
To get your driver's license reinstated in Rhode Island, you must go through the Division of Motor Vehicles Adjudication Unit. Here, driver's license reinstatements are done on a case-by-case basis based on the circumstances. Before getting your license reinstated, you will have to pay any fines that you owe to the DMV and complete any court requirements to get your license reinstated.
Once your driver's license is reinstated through the Division of Motor Vehicles Adjudication Unit, then you need to go to a DMV location with your reinstatement notice, as well as something to prove your identity and prove residency.
Work With Skilled Rhode Island Criminal Defense Lawyers To Help Get Your License Reinstated
The experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of David Ellison have helped many clients navigate the legal system when their license has been or is getting suspended as well as assisting clients who need their license reinstated. If you have any questions about getting your license reinstated or if you are facing a license suspension, please contact us at 401-230-5520.