Habitual Offender Status

Any driver who accumulates three or more convictions for “major driving offenses” within a three year period, or 10 or more four-point moving violation convictions may be classified as a habitual offender.  If you are classified as a habitual offender your driver's license will be suspended for five years with the possibility of having your license reinstated after two years.  Your license must be suspended for at least two years, and during this time you cannot obtain any type of restricted license, even to drive to work or school.  These suspensions can be appealed by requesting a contested case hearing with the Office of Motor Vehicle Hearings within 30 days from the date of your suspension notice. 

If you have been sent a notice by the DMV that your license will be suspended, call us today to help you with your appeal.  We will fight to keep your license.

After two major violations, the DMV sends a notice that a driver is in danger of running afoul of the habitual offender statute.  If you have been charged with a major driving offense after receiving this notice, a conviction or plea of guilty or nolo contendere to that charge will result in you being classified as a habitual offender.  Please call us today so that we can fight to reduce your charge and avoid a license suspension.

Major driving offenses are:

  • Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter while driving a motor vehicle;
  • Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or drugs;
  • Driving or operating a motor vehicle in a reckless manner;
  • Driving a motor vehicle with a suspended license;
  • Commission of a felony under the motor vehicle laws;
  • Any felony in which the commission of a motor vehicle is used;
  • Hit and run in any accident resulting in the injury or death of another person.

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