DUI is the abbreviation used for the term Driving Under Influence. It is sometimes also called as DWI (Driving While Intoxicated). It is the act of driving the motorized means during or after the consumption of alcohol or drug or both.
DUI is criminal offense in many countries and the person can be charged high fines or imprisonment for this crime. Driver has to lose his license for specific time period or permanently depending on the harsh-ness of the crime.
The person is considered drunk when his BAC count is above 0.08. The penalties for DUI charge can vary from state to state. The period of suspension of license of the driver can vary depending on the percentage of the BAC count, state in which you live and the harsh-ness of the crime. The BAC limit of 0.08 is same for all countries.
How Long Will I Lose My License?
The charges for the DUI can be as follows:
• Imprisonment: Maximum of 6 months
• License suspension for 12 months if BAC count is within the range of 0.08 to 0.15
• License suspension for 18 months if BAC count is within the range of 0.15 to 0.19
• License suspension for 24 months if BAC count is greater than 0.20
• Fine can be charged ranging from $500 to $1500
The length of the suspension of the license can vary depending on the charges. It can be increased from the above mention period in some situations. In some states, license suspension is obligatory if the driver refuses for the breath analyzer test.
If you possess the commercial driver’s license, you may confront additional suspensions for the charge of drunk driving. All countries have made it mandatory to suspend the license of the driver found guilty under DUI charge. Typically, the suspension period can vary from 30 days to one year if you are charged first time for DUI.
The Rules Revocation of License under DUI Charge:
• First DUI conviction results in license cancellation for 1 year
• Second DUI conviction results in license cancellation for 5 years
• Third DUI conviction results in license cancellation for 10 years
• Fourth DUI conviction results in license cancellation for lifetime
Your license can also be revoked for the first DUI conviction in some countries. It can also be cancelled if you refuse for the chemical test after your arrest. Repeated convictions can rule to the revocation for long term or lifetime. It is also possible to reduce the period of your license suspension or complete dismissal of your revocation, but the sudden action is needed to check these options. You can consult with your lawyer for these options. Your lawyer should request a DMV hearing within 10 days of completion of your hearing. Failing to do this can leave you without any further options.
It is not that you will lose your license if you are charged for DUI. There are various ways where you can defend against these charges. You can consult with your attorney for the substitute ways.