If you are charged with a DUI, your driver's license will be immediately suspended. This makes life very difficult, especially if you have to go without your license for a long period of time. To prevent this from happening, follow the tips below.
When you are arrested and your driver's license is taken by the officer, you will be issued a temporary license. You should then call the State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to request a hearing. This must be done before the temporary license expires. This expiration date can be found somewhere on this license.
If you do not request a hearing by the expiration date, your license will be automatically suspended. At the hearing, however, the DMV can suspend your license even if your case is dismissed later on, or if your charges are reduced to exclude your license suspension. Because of this, it is very important that you hire a DUI lawyer right after you request this hearing so you are not taken advantage of. The lawyer may be able to help you get your license back even if the DMV suspends it.
One of the first things the DUI attorney will do is to prepare an argument against suspending your license and present this argument at your hearing. If the argument is successful, you will get your license back after the hearing.
If the attorney is not successful, the DMV will suspend your license for a certain amount of time. How long this is depends on many things. For example, it will be longer if the arresting officer found your blood alcohol level to be 0.08% or higher when they give you the alcohol test. The duration may also be longer if you have a prior DUI on your record.
Refusal to Submit
It may sound like a good idea to refuse to take an alcohol test. This is because it would be very difficult for the officer to arrest you if they cannot prove you were drunk. However, the state you live in may have consent laws that require anyone that is suspected of a DUI to take this test. If you refuse, they will automatically suspend your license for a certain amount of time. Make sure you know the laws for your state. This is because you will have a much better chance of getting your license reinstated if you follow the rules.
Do not try to take care of this on your own, as DUI laws are very complex. A DUI lawyer can go through the process in the right way to get your driver's license reinstated for you. Click for more information about drug and alcohol-related defenses.