No Defense to Delayed Suspension of Driving Privileges

The Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District of Missouri, determined there is no statute of limitations or defense of laches that bars the Missouri Department of Revenue from administratively suspending a person’s driving privileges in connection with driving while intoxicated (“DWI”). 

In Lawrence v. Director of Revenue, a motor vehicle driver was arrested on October 23, 2007, for driving while intoxicated.  Approximately 18 to 20 months later, the driver was notified by Department of Revenue that his license was suspended. The driver requested an administrative hearing to contest his license suspension, filed an application for trial de novo, and subsequently filed his appeal.  The Court of Appeals determined that Section 302.515, RSMo does not specify a time by which the Director of Revenue must send out the notice of suspension or revocation of driving privileges.

See Lawrence v. Director of Revenue, State of Missouri, ED95433.