Will I Lose My License for a Misdemeanor Driving Offense?
The short answer is it depends. If one of the following circumstances are present, your driver’s license could be revoked, suspended, or cancelled.
A conviction involving an offense with any of the following circumstances will result in a revocation of your driver’s license. The revocation period will vary depending on the offense and can be found in the links provided. A revocation will occur if:
- You fail to stop and disclose your identity when involved in an accident resulting in personal injury. Minn. Admin. R. 7409.1300
- You committed perjury or made a false statement to the department of safety relating to the ownership or operation of a motor vehicle. Minn. Admin. R. 7409.1400
- You have multiple misdemeanor offenses within a period of time. Minn. Admin. R. 7409.1500
- You fail to maintain or provide proof of insurance. Minn. Admin. R. 7409.1600
A conviction of an offense which involved any of the following circumstances will result in a suspension of your driver’s license. The suspension period varies here as well, and details can be found in the links provided. A suspension will occur if:
- The violation results in a fatality or personal injury to another. Minn. Admin. R. 7409.2100 (If the box “endangered life or property” is checked, a suspension will occur).
- You have multiple misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor offenses within a period of time. Minn. Admin. R. 7409.2200
- You have two school bus violation convictions within 5 years. Minn. Admin. R. 7409.2250
- You misuse your license. Minn. Admin. R. 7409.2300
- You fail to maintain your insurance. Minn. Admin. R. 7409.2400
According to Minn. Admin. R. 7409.2800, your driver’s license can be cancelled if the commissioner determines:
- You are not entitled to be issued a driver’s license;
- You failed to give the required or correct information in your driver’s license application;
- You committed fraud/deceit in your application;
- You failed to submit to an examination;
- Your visual acuity is 20/80 or greater and you are convicted of a traffic violation in which you were at fault.
There are other situations in which your license could be affected that are not listed here. Consulting an attorney is the best way to determine the possible outcomes.