Do You Lose Your License Immediately After a DUI?
If you’ve been pulled over for a DUI or DWI in the United States, the law requires that your license be automatically suspended for 6 to 12 months. The automatic suspension occurs between 10 to 30 days following the arrest. Being arrested for a DUI doesn’t necessarily mean you will be convicted but it will still initiate the automatic suspension of your license. If a police officer pulls you over and questions you on suspicion of a DUI but doesn’t actually arrest you, then your license wouldn’t be affected.
If you’re arrested for a DUI or DWI it’s important to contact a DUI attorney immediately following the arrest. In many cases, an experienced DUI attorney can prevent your license from being suspended if a defense is made prior to the automatic suspension. In other words, a defense against the license suspension should be made within the first 10 days following an arrest.
How Long Your License Will Be Suspended
The automatic suspension of your license following a DUI/DWI arrest is a minimum of 180 days or 6 months. This is the typical length of a license suspension for a first time offender. If you’ve had prior arrests for DUIs you may likely receive a 12-month suspension of your license. As a first time offender, should you refuse a BAC breathalyzer test, you could also get a year-long license suspension.
Once your license has been suspended for 30 to 90 days, you can then apply for a restricted license upon completion of any required “DUI school” or substance abuse evaluation.
To avoid a license suspension following a DUI arrest, talk to your attorney about filing for an FRH (Formal Review Hearing) within the first 10 days. Should you win the FRH, you would have your license reinstated without any restrictions.
Improve Your Odds of Beating Your License Suspension with an Attorney
If you’ve received a citation for a DUI or DWI, hiring an experienced attorney can help you avoid a license suspension. They can also help you reduce your charges or get them dropped altogether. Don’t wait until it’s too late, give us a call or contact today if you’ve been arrested for a DUI/DWI.