Sunday, March 17, 2013

DUI License Suspension

If you have been arrested and charged with the offense of DUI, and you either had a breath alcohol level above a 0.08 or refused to submit to the breath test, then you are facing the prospect of losing your privilege to drive.  Hiring a qualified DUI Attorney can limit the time you will be without a driver’s license. 

The first course of action is to apply for a formal review hearing at the local Administrative Review Office.  This must be done within ten (10) days of your arrest.  Applying for the formal review hearing will not only allow you to obtain a work permit for approximately the next 42 days, it will also give you an opportunity to contest the administrative suspension you are facing.

For a first offense DUI, you will be looking at a suspension for a period of 180 days up to one-year.  During this period, you may become eligible for a Hardship License upon completion of the DUI Counter Attack School.  If your suspension has been sustained, you will need to wait 30 days (if your BAC was 0.08 or above) or 90 days (for a refusal) before becoming eligible for a hardship license, but only after you have completed the DUI Counter Attack School. 

Should you choose to wait to reinstate your license until your revocation period ends, proof of enrollment or completion of DUI Counter Attack School and treatment, if referred, is required. Failure to complete the course within 90 days after reinstatement will result in cancellation of your driver license by the Department until the course is completed. Failure to complete treatment may result in cancellation of your driver license.