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What Happens to My License if I Am Convicted of Drunk Driving?

Depending on the law in each state, a drunk driver's license can be suspended or revoked for a DWI/DUI conviction.  If a license is revoked, there is no guarantee that a driver will have his license reinstated at the end of the revocation period.  The length of time that the license is suspended or revoked for following a DUI conviction varies from state to state:  

Arizona

California

Florida

Georgia

Illinois

Kentucky

Massachusetts

Michigan

Nevada

New York

DUI conviction:

DWAI (Driving with Ability Impaired) conviction:

Oregon

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Washington

Wisconsin

Are There Other Possible Penalties?

Yes.  Administrative License Revocation or Suspension (ALR/ALS) laws passed in most states permit an arresting officer to seize the license of drivers who fail or refuse to take a breath test.  Under  these laws the license is automatically revoked or suspended before the driver is convicted of drunk driving.  This administrative penalty is completely separate from any criminal penalties the driver may face.

Those convicted of a DUI can face other consequences, ranging from community service and fines to jail time. States can also require that an Ignition Interlock Device, a device which requires the driver to take a breath test before starting the engine and locks the car if the device detects alcohol, be installed on all vehicles owned. Many states also count multiple offenses as a felony, which may impede the offender from finding employment when background checks are conducted.

What Should I Do if I Am Arrested for Drunk Driving DUI/DWI?

If you are arrested for Drunk Driving DUI/DWI, you should speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses and the complicated legal system.

Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents

If you are a victim of a Drunk Driving DUI/DWI accident, you should speak to a lawyer immediately to learn how to get compensation for your injuries.

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Last Modified: 06-13-2012 11:14 AM PDT

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