DUI Temporary Suspension of License

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What Happens to My License If I Am Stopped for Drunk Driving?

A driver can temporarily lose his license even before he is convicted of drunk driving.  Administrative License Revocation or Suspension (ALR/ALS) laws passed in most of the 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.  This penalty is completely separate from any criminal penalties against the driver.

How Long Will My License Be Suspended or Revoked under the ALR/ALS Laws?

The period of suspension or revocation will vary from state to state:




New York


Does the Administrative Suspension on My License Start Immediately?

Most states will issue you a temporary driver¿s permit so that you can continue to drive before the suspension period begins:

Can I Fight the Administrative Suspension or Revocation?

Some states will allow you a very limited time within which you can request a hearing to stop the automatic license suspension, but others will not:

What Should I Do If I'm Arrested for Drunk Driving?

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

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Last Modified: 12-31-2014 10:15 AM PST

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