If you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you may want to inquire about the consequences you face, like, “Will I lose my license for a DUI?” You will benefit from the help of a qualified DUI attorney to help sort things out and determine the best course of action for your case. In most DUI cases, losing driving privileges is a likely outcome of court proceedings or department of motor vehicles sanctions, along with fines, probation, and other potential actions.
Each state has specific DUI laws, and you will need to contact an attorney who specializes in DUI for your state. Your attorney will review the police report and all details involved in your DUI incident and resulting arrest. He or she then will advise you on what legal outcomes you can expect and what defenses you may have for your case.
Will I Lose my License for a DUI?
This is the most common question individuals facing a first-time DUI charge ask. The answer is not 100 percent clear-cut, but yes, in many DUI cases, one of the consequences is temporarily losing the driver’s license. Depending on the state where the offense occurred, and the specifics of your arrest, the court or the department of motor vehicles can suspend your license. The suspension’s duration varies greatly and depends on evidence produced by the arresting officer and any witnesses or experts in court.
Factors Affecting License Loss in DUI Cases
There are multiple factors that can affect the outcome of a DUI case, and your attorney can help sort through the facts of your arrest to determine the most likely consequences.
For example, DUIs that involve an offender who refused to take a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test automatically result in a predetermined loss of license. The other events surrounding the case are irrelevant in this situation. If you’ve refuse the BAC, which can be administered by breathalyzer at the scene or by blood test, you can expect to lose your license.
Another factor that affects the outcome of a DUI case is driving history. First-time DUI offenders may lose their driver’s licenses for as short a period as 90 days before they are eligible for restoration. In addition, some drivers may be eligible for a temporary work permit during the suspension period, which grants legal permission to drive only to and from work and home. Ask your attorney if you might qualify for this type of driving permit if you need transportation to your job during the time when your license will be suspended.
Repeat DUI offenders are faced with increasingly lengthy driver’s license suspensions (typically up to a period of one year) as well as potential jail time. If you’ve had a DUI before and recently were arrested for DUI again, you will want to seek a lawyer’s help to help navigate the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected.
Your BAC level affects the severity of the consequences of your DUI arrest. Individuals who test at a level close to the legal limit, sometimes can seek a plea bargain with the help of an attorney. A plea bargain may reduce the charge to a lesser offense, such as reckless driving, which would not warrant a driver’s license suspension. However, if you have a very high BAC level, such as .16 (or twice the legal limit), the possibility of leniency is much less likely, and the court may impose costlier and lengthier sanctions.
Dash Farrow, LLP Can Help
The attorneys at Dash Farrow, LLP provide experienced legal counsel to individuals facing DUI charges in New Jersey. We understand the intricacies of DUI laws, and we can help if you’ve been charged with a DUI offense. Call us today at 856-235-8300 to set up a free consultation to discuss your case with an attorney.