If arrested for a DUI, you will most likely deal with a suspension of your license. This will begin as soon as you are arrested. The arresting police officer will be required to immediately confiscate your license and begin paperwork to suspend your license. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will be notified, and will launch an administrative investigation into your case. In order to end the suspension of your license, you need to attend a DMV hearing. It is important to understand the process of a DMV suspension in connection to a DUI so that you can try to get the suspension lifted and your license back as soon as possible.
Because a license is a privilege granted by the DMV, it is the DMV who can take it away. If you lose your license due to a DUI, your license will be suspended for at least 45 days. The amount of time that the suspension will last depends on the number of DUI offenses you have. Also, it depends on the case that you present to the DMV. Your age will also affect how long your license will be suspended for if you are charged with a DUI.
Your license will be confiscated at the scene of the crime. You will then have to undergo a court hearing and a DMV hearing. If you receive a verdict of not guilty in court, and if the DMV agrees with this verdict, you will get your license back immediately. However, if you are considered guilty of a DUI, your license will continue to be suspended for the allotted time. You can get your license back once the suspension is over by applying to the DMV. However, you will not be able to legally drive until both the suspension is over and you have gotten approval from the DMV.
A license suspension due to a DUI should be taken seriously. If you are caught driving while your license is suspended, it will make it more difficult for you to get your license back once the suspension is lifted. You could also face other penalties that are more severe. Plan on having your license suspended immediately if you are guilty of a DUI, and make alternate transportation plans. If you have any questions concerning your DMV hearing or your license suspension, you can contact the DMV by clicking here.