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What You Need to Know About a DUI Driver’s License Suspension

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The Importance of Your Driving Privileges

If you have just been arrested for a DUI then the suspension of your drivers license is imminent unless you act NOW and request a hearing. The most terrifying effect of a DUI is the incapability of driving to your job and paying for upcoming legal fees and DUI fines. This is the result of unfair state laws that become stricter every year. From the moment you were cuffed your were stamped as guilty and removing this label takes appropriate measures.

Your attorney will most certainly act quickly on your behalf to vanquish all credible evidence gathered by the arresting officer. Whether or not this will be enough to rescind the suspension depends once again on retaining legal representation that is experienced in this field. No one should have to go through this process alone and risk your only source to earn income. We want you to always remember that a small mistake on your part is never justified by harsh penalties from a big money legal system designed to convict you before stepping foot in the courtroom.

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The Basics of DUI License Suspension

Many of the penalties associated with being charged with Driving Under the Influence, or DUI, are subject to being found guilty in a court of law of that crime. While the offender will need to be convicted of DUI in order to face jail time or fines, the laws surrounding driver’s license suspension are not as gracious. Offenders can be slapped with a license suspension not only for a DUI conviction but also for refusing chemical testing to determine their Blood Alcohol Concentration and other charges. Here is the basic information you should know about a driver’s license suspension and a DUI conviction.

Driver’s License Suspension and DUI

When and for how long your driver’s license will be suspended for Driving Under the Influence will depend on the drinking and driving laws in your state. While most state’s will suspend an offender’s driver’s license when they are simply arrested for suspicion of DUI other states will hold off on the suspension until the offender has reached their second or third DUI conviction. In certain states, in addition to the post-arrest driver’s license suspension it is possible for the offender to be penalized with a second license suspension after they have gone to trial and been convicted of DUI.

DUI and Out-of-State Driver’s License

Should the offender be arrested for drunk driving outside of their home state their driver’s license suspension will likely follow them back home. Most states have agreed to the Interstate Driver’s License Compact which means they honor another state’s Driving Under the Influence license suspension laws even if the offender’s DUI conviction did not occur in that state. The good news is that it is possible for the driver’s home state to offer them more appeal rights than the state who is wishing to suspend their license and offenders should seek the help of a DUI attorney from their home state for assistance.

Getting Your Driver’s License Back After a DUI

Should an offender have their driver’s license suspended post-arrest or post-conviction of a DUI it may be possible for them to have their driving privileges reinstated. Drivers can ask the court for a civil proceeding in order to have a hardship or occupational driver’s license issued – in these proceedings the individual is asking the court to allow them to drive while their case is pending, under limited circumstances. For example, an occupational license may allow the offender to drive just to and from work and a hardship license may outline the offender can go to and from school or to pick up children.

Requesting a Hearing to Challenge the Suspension Issued by the State

  1. To request a hearing at the DMV after a DUI, you can follow these steps:
    Contact the DMV as soon as possible after your arrest to schedule a hearing.
  2. Obtain a Request for Hearing form from the DMV, either online or in person.
  3. Fill out the form, including your name, address, driver’s license number, and the reason for your request.
  4. Submit the form to the DMV along with any relevant documentation, such as the police report from your DUI arrest.
  5. Attend the hearing at the appointed date and time, and bring any additional evidence or witnesses you want to present.
  6. Wait for a decision from the DMV regarding your driving privileges

Note: The specific process for requesting a DMV hearing may vary depending on the state you are in, so it’s a good idea to check the DMV website or call the DMV directly for information specific to your situation.

14 thoughts on “What You Need to Know About a DUI Driver’s License Suspension”

  1. My license was suspended in 2013 and I haven’t had a drink since 2014 so how do I get my license reinstated?

  2. I received a letter stating that my 2nd DWI was passing the desk of some former state judge and can be overturned. I since that second had a third and did 6 months in 2015. I can’t find this letter and want this resolved. Also they said I’m not eligible for the fines I paid the jail time cause it wouldn’t have been mandatory at that time. So why can’t I go for punitive damages and get a lawyer to take this on and resolve it and split the)$ with them. At the time of my second I had not drank that day and had to suck it up cause the cop said I blew a high # and at that time even my third there’s no getting out of anything concerning a DWI. What’s my next step?

    • Unfortunately the 3rd DUI will not help your case to get the second overturned. Have you talked to a DUI defense lawyer about this?

  3. In 2007 i committed dui manslaughter. I served 9years in prison. I got out in 2017, did 1 year probation. Its been 5 years now since I’ve been out. The judge revoked my license permanently. I didnt have prior dui before this. How can i get my license back. I live in florida.

  4. I have been sober going on 12 yrs I haven’t been behind the wheel since my arrest I think I deserve a second chance

  5. I had a dui in 94 and had my license suspended for 90 days, Got my license back and had it till June 29, 2018 and was arrested for 1st offense, now the ASAP wont get me documentation needed by DMV even though I am in compliance with treatment and I have followed through with all requirements. What can I do since I already payed for my SR22 and my 90 days is over today?

  6. I had a dui an it was my first one amd i follow everything they told me to take and now they got me doing a treatment. I need my dl i am dsp an i have to get work and from and uber is tomuch for a everyday ride

    • Hi Levern, were you able to get a DUI restricted permit? Your legal defense should be able to get you one. Regarding your arrest, police don’t care if you follow all their rules which is unfortunate. I hope you get a favorable outcome in court.

  7. I got my first dui and I ran in a trailer parked on the side of the road.my insurance is covering that.but I can’t loose my license. I need to get to work and back


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