Montana imposes hefty penalties for traffic violations and DUI offenses, including license revocation. It is a sanction enforced by the state’s Motor Vehicle Division (MVD), possibly removing driving privileges for years. Most of the time, this penalty has a specific duration, prohibiting reinstatement until after the deadline.
Various driving offenses can lead to license revocation, including the following:
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Refusing a breath test
- Deliberately driving while impaired
- Failure to appear in court
- Failure to pay off fines for previous violations
- Negligent homicide using a vehicle
- Any felony convictions involving a vehicle
- Failing to stop and provide aid in an accident that caused physical harm or death
- Negligent vehicular assault
Aside from these violations, repeat offenders can also lose their driving privileges, depending on how many points they have on their record. Based on the situation, this suspension or revocation can last up to three years.
Additionally, the revocation period can vary according to the case details. Specific convictions usually have a minimum one-year term, but it could last longer if the incident results in multiple charges.
Reinstating driving privileges
Typically, a driver must wait out the revocation period before seeking reinstatement. Sometimes, they can file a petition to appeal against the decision, depending on the offense and relevant law. After the duration ends, a driver must complete the following before taking the next step:
- Pay all fines and reinstatement fees
- Obtain proof of auto insurance
- Finish all programs required by the court
- Install an ignition interlock device if necessary
- Undergo the license application process
There could be other fees along the way. If there are any questions about eligibility and requirements, it is best to consult the local MVD.
Dealing with sanctions can be challenging
Whether a DUI or implied consent violation, its penalties can vary according to the incident and severity. Sometimes, seeking license reinstatement can be more complex than usual, often requiring reliable legal advice. An attorney can also be valuable when determining appropriate options and addressing issues.