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Question: When we’re talking about losing a license, we don’t mean forgetting it somewhere—we mean having it taken away by the state. That said, what can cause people to lose their licenses in Wisconsin?
Carlos Gamino: There are several reasons you can lose your license in Wisconsin. Most notably, if you’re convicted of a DUI or a related offense, you’ll lose your license. You’ll also lose it for things such as failing to notify the DMV about an accident, giving the DMV false information (or even using someone else’s driver’s license or vice-versa), or leaving the scene of an accident. You can even lose your license for having too many traffic tickets.
Question: If you lose your license, how do you get it back?
Carlos Gamino: That’s a tough one. In most cases, you have to wait a minimum period of time—the laws are pretty explicit when it comes to taking away someone’s driver’s license. Lawyers can help sometimes, such as when you need a license to get back and forth to work so that you can support your family. It’s probably a good idea to talk to an attorney if you’ve lost your license to see if there’s anything that can be done.
Question: What happens if you get caught driving on a suspended license?
Carlos Gamino: You never want to do that. If you’re pulled over and you don’t have a driver’s license, you can expect criminal charges to come out of it. A judge won’t look to favorably upon you if you knew that you’d lost your license and continued to drive, either.
Carlos Gamino is a criminal defense lawyer in Milwaukee and Waukesha, and as such, he’s seen his fair share of clients who have lost their driver’s licenses. Here’s a quick Q&A that covers most of the questions people call and ask that may save you some worry (and some time).
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Q & A on Losing Your License in Wisconsin
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