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Blog: Iowa Department Of Transportation's Ability To Sanction

November 13, 2014

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The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) operates independently of the Iowa Court system. IDOT has the authority to impose its own sanctions if you receive a traffic citation. Drivers often think that because they paid a fine imposed by an Iowa Court, the punishment for the citation is done. This may not be the case. It is important that a driver realize that the IDOT may also impose its own sanctions, up to and including revocation of your license. The penalties can be especially harsh on minors with restricted or school licenses, as a single traffic citation may result in the revocation of the license.

Further, IDOT can suspend or revoke your license for violations that you receive in other states, if the violation that you receive would result in suspension or revocation of your license in Iowa.

Any communication from the Iowa Department of Transportation should be carefully considered. Communications from IDOT will often include deadlines for which you can appeal a sanction or otherwise challenge allegations against you. By paying proper attention to these communications, a driver may be able to avoid or decrease the sanctions against them.

This blog post is authored by Jason Bring and meant for informational purposes only.  It is not meant to provide legal advice in any particular circumstance or factual situation.  You should consult with an attorney prior to taking any action regarding the information contained herein. 

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