If you decided to get behind the wheel of your car drunk, you know that you could suffer from very serious penalties. But you also have many commitments in life, such as visiting family, picking up your children from school, or driving to and from work. In essence, there are things you could never do if you didn’t have your driving privilege. But now your life has been turned upside-down and you aren’t sure what to expect, because you fear you will be losing your license.
After Your Arrest
After you have been arrested for drunk driving, you will be able to petition for something known as the DMV hearing. This means that you will have time, because your license will be “pending” suspension while you await the hearing, which could be as little as days to weeks. In the meantime, they will probably choose to issue a temporary driving permit, which is valid for a short period of time and only allows you to drive to places that is completely necessary, such as work and school.
At the DMV hearing, two things could happen. They could decide that the reason for your suspension was not valid. Perhaps the test results were wrong, or you were not actually driving at the time of the arrest. There are many defenses that could be used in your case. However, if the DMV decides that your suspension was just and they choose not to restore your license, you will receive a suspension period. This could range from a few short months to a year depending on the circumstances and how many prior DUI offenses you had. You may or may not be denied a temporary license.
However, this might not be the end. At your actual criminal trial, you may be sentenced to other penalties by the judge. What if they decide that your license should be suspended another 6 months on top of what has already been decided? And, if you have been convicted of a DUI before, you could find that your license suspension will extend to several years.
As you can see, a DUI has a huge impact on your life in many ways. If you have questions about your case, we can answer them and help get you started on the right path after your conviction. At the Law Office of Peter Blair, we can help you every step of the way when it comes to your DUI conviction. Call us today.