Your Driver's License Is Snatched After A DUI: What To Do

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Being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) may be considered one of the most serious traffic offenses in existence. Only vehicular homicide is more serious. That means your ability to continue to operate a vehicle might be immediately in jeopardy. To find out more, read on.

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and Your DUI Case

Very few driving offenses merit the automatic suspension of a driver's license. Other serious offenses include fleeing from law enforcement, reckless driving, and accidents in which severe injuries or death occur as a result of a traffic offense. After a DUI arrest, the DMV can act quickly to suspend a defendant's license pending the outcome of the case. While it might not seem fair, or legal, you must consider that the DMV is separate from the judicial system in most places. They alone can provide and remove driving privileges. Arrests involving traffic offenses are forwarded to the DMV and an automatic (also known as administrative) suspension can be ordered.

You Are Bailed Out: What Now?

Naturally, nearly everyone is highly dependent on being able to get around by driving. However, being stopped and found to be driving with a suspended license will bring an additional arrest, incarceration, and more charges on top of the DUI. In many cases, those being released on bail will be provided with a notice on how to deal with a license suspension. Be sure you understand the procedure for driving once your license is suspended.

Get Help with Your Case

Criminal defense lawyers who practice DUI law understand how driver's license issues are handled and know how to get you back on the road again. Some common options for dealing with this issue follow:

  • Apply for and be approved for a hardship license. This temporary license provides limited privileges for driving to work, school, the grocery store, and medical appointments.
  • Consider an ignition interlock device to be installed on your vehicle. This is a portable breathalyzer that is attached to the ignition module of your vehicle. You must blow into the tube and the registered blood alcohol concentration must be 0 for the vehicle to start.

It's vital that you seek legal help not only for the above but so that your case outcome is better. Any time you can have your charges reduced or dropped; you have a chance to apply for a new license. Speak to your DUI attorney for more information about getting your driving privileges reinstated.


10 January 2022

Noni and the Accident

My name is Noni. When I was in college, I was hit by a car while crossing the street. My life was never in danger, but I did break a few bones and had a lot of huge medical bills. I was hoping I wouldn't have to get involved with an attorney, but unfortunately, it came down to that. I used a family friend who is an accident attorney to get some compensation. A few years later, I was hit while riding my bike and had to go through the same process. I suppose I'm lucky to be alive. And it's thanks to accident attorneys that I have been able to put my life back together. I started this blog as a way to let others know just how much lawyers can help you in certain situations.