For speeding violations of 25 over more over the limit in speed zones of 55 or higher, a driver’s license suspension is mandatory. The court SHALL suspend the driver’s license privilege of a person for 15 days upon conviction. There is no eligibility for an occupational driver’s license during that time. After such a suspension, the driver must also comply with license reinstatement procedures with the Wisconsin DMV to terminate the suspension. If this is not done, the license will remain suspended indefinitely.
On high speed violations, some jurisdictions may entertain amendments to avoid license suspensions while other tolerate no deviation. Some jurisdictions consider a suspension of more than the mandatory 15 days (see authority to do so, below), which can result in a license suspension of up to one (1) year.
Courts have inherent authority under Wisconsin law to suspend or revoke a person’s driver’s license for up to one (1) year for a violation of any state traffic laws or any local ordinance enacted under Section 349 of the Wisconsin Statutes. If a judge finds the circumstances of a traffic violation aggravated or dangerous to the public or property, it is more likely that he or she may impose such a suspension or revocation.
Section 343.30 of the Wisconsin Statutes, which spells out the authority of the courts to suspend or revoke in these circumstances.
Call Courtney and Molter if you receive a high speeding (or any speeding) ticket or are facing a traffic citation which may result in a license suspension or revocation.