Administrative License Suspension Overview


If you've been arrested for DUI, or even if you haven't, you may have heard the terms "Administrative License Revocation" or "Administrative License Suspension"- both sound fairly bureaucratic, but they could mean serious trouble for your future behind the wheel. On this page, we'll provide an overview of these sometimes confusing penalties.

Summary of Administrative License Suspension (ALS)

The Administrative License Suspension (ALS) is an immediate, automatic suspension of your driver's license, typically for one of two offenses: (1) refusal of a breath test or (2) violation of the standard BAC legal limit of 0.08 percent during a breath test.

Regardless of whether or not your DUI arrest or DUI charge results in a conviction, these sanctions will be placed on you immediately. In many states, you may request a hearing to reinstate driving privileges, either entirely or for work purposes, and this is typically handled at the state department of motor vehicles (though in some states it occurs before a judge).

All states impose some form of penalty or sanction for DUI convictions as well, typically in some combination of jail time, fine and license suspension. Other states also mandate other DUI penalties, including installation of ignition interlock devices, vehicle seizure, community service, probation and/or many others. See the DUI Penalties page for more detailed information on possible DUI penalties in your state.

For the most specific information regarding DUI arrests and penalties, including ALS automatic penalties, speak with a DUI attorney practicing in your area.

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