Petition for Limited Driving Privileges in Missouri

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Restricted Driving Privilege in Missouri

Driving is a privilege one can enjoy and not a right. Therefore, operating a motor vehicle requires a person to possess exceptional skills and training since it involves coordination, quick reflexes, and strategic thinking, among other things.

Driving entails a lot of responsibility. You are responsible for your safety and the others on the road when you’re behind the wheel. This includes obeying all traffic laws, exercising caution when driving close to pedestrians or cyclists, and ensuring you’re never intoxicated.

It will be difficult for you to get to school, work, or run errands if you receive a Missouri DUI conviction or your license is suspended for any other reason.

In such cases, you can be eligible for a limited driving privilege (LDP) to drive for some preapproved purposes. An LDP is also known as a hardship license. This license is available to people suspended or revoked for several reasons.

The Ozarks Law Firm understands that not being able to drive has a substantial impact on your life. Our experienced attorneys can help you petition for limited driving privileges in Missouri and quickly get you back on the road.

Why You Need to Consider Applying for LDP

There are numerous reasons why you may consider submitting an LDP application:

  • It can help you keep your job if you need to drive long distances to get to work while your license is suspended or revoked.

  • It can allow you to continue attending school if you need to drive to campus.

  • It can help you care for your family if you need to drive to appointments or run errands.

You must check if you qualify for a hardship license to gain limited driving privileges.


Eligibility for Limited Driving Privilege in Missouri

The eligibility criteria for obtaining an LDP include the following:

  • You are a resident of the state of Missouri. Or you work or attend school in Missouri if you are a resident of another state.

  • You haven’t been convicted of a felony involving a motor vehicle during the last five years.

  • Your license was not suspended due to a conviction for driving with a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit.

  • Your driver’s license suspension was not due to the non-payment of a ticket in Missouri or another state.

Contact an experienced Ozarks Law Firm attorney for help if you meet the abovementioned criteria. Our lawyers can guide you through every step of the application process and help you understand the different legal requirements.

We will review your case and determine your eligibility for an LDP. We can also help you with legal representation in court, should it be needed.

Whether you need help petitioning for a limited driving privilege or require assistance with a commercial driver’s license, our attorneys will provide the guidance and representation you need.

Limited Driving Privilege Process

The process for obtaining a hardship license can sometimes be lengthy, so planning and applying as soon as possible is vital. If your application is approved, you’ll be issued an LDP. This will allow you to drive for specific purposes during the suspension period.

Please read your LDP’s terms and conditions carefully before driving. Understanding the first offense can help avoid future penalties. Therefore, consider hiring an experienced lawyer to help you.

In Missouri, there are two methods by which a person can obtain a limited driving privilege.

Method 1: Application to the Department of Revenue

In case of a first DWI offense, your license may be suspended for 90 days. In such cases, you may apply for an LPD by applying to the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR).

You have to complete an application form and pay the filing fee. You will then apply to the DOR, along with any supporting documentation, such as proof of insurance (SR-22) or an affidavit of hardship (if applicable).

You may also be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) if you have more than one alcohol-related offense or an active chemical revocation on your driving record. The installer informs the DOR once the installation is complete. The IID must continue to be installed for at least the duration of your LDP.

The DOR generally reviews the application within a week and mails the order either granting or denying the LDP. If approved, you will be issued a limited driving permit allowing you to drive for specific purposes only.

Method 2: Petition in Circuit Court

If you are facing a 5 or 10-year driver’s license denial, you can apply for an LDP only by filing a petition in the circuit court where you live or work.

An individual needs to file a motion in the circuit court along with a filing fee. The motion must state why the person requests a limited driving privilege. You may also be required to install an ignition interlock device, depending on the facts of the case.

The court schedules a hearing after filing the motion. At the hearing, the person requesting the limited driving privilege has to demonstrate why the court should grant them such a privilege. If the court finds good cause, it will issue an order granting the request. You must then file a copy of the court order with the DOR.

Penalties for Driving With a Suspended License

Driving a motor vehicle without a valid Missouri driver’s license due to revocation or suspension can be classified as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the facts of each case. Therefore, understanding DWI laws is crucial to avoid penalties.

In the case of a first conviction, the court treats it as a Class D misdemeanor punishable by up to $500. A second or third conviction falls under Class A misdemeanor. The offender can be fined up to $2,000 and a jail term of up to one year.

The offense is classified as a Class E felony if:

  • A fourth conviction is recorded with three priors in 10 years.

  • Found breaking laws related to DWI-induced suspension or revocation for the second time in ten years.

Under Missouri law, this offense carries up to four years of jail and a maximum $10,000 fine. Consider hiring an attorney to protect your rights in a DWI Missouri case.

How Can an Attorney Help?

Applying for limited driving privileges can be a complicated process. An experienced attorney is essential to ensure your rights are protected and your application for an LDP is successful.

Our experienced Ozarks Law Firm attorneys can help you understand the laws related to DWI and limited driving privileges in Missouri and assist you with the application process. We can also provide legal representation in court should it be necessary.

If you seek a limited driving privilege, contact us today for assistance. Our team of experienced lawyers is committed to providing quality legal advice and guidance throughout the entire process. With our help, you can gain the relief you need to get back on the road safely and legally. Contact Ozarks Law Firm for a free consultation.

We look forward to helping you get back on the road safely and legally.