Will Your License Be Returned Before the Court Hearing?
By: Mike Stetzer
Driving while intoxicated can have many serious consequences. In addition to the possibility of causing injury to yourself, other passengers and nearby property, you also risk the possession of your own driver's license.
While DUI laws in every state consider drunk driving to be a crime, each one also has its own set of criminal and administrative laws. So depending on any bodily injury, property damage, whether this is a first or multiple offense and the state where the incident took place, the penalties may vary.
The same is true when it comes to getting a driver's license returned before the court hearing. It's the Department of Motor Vehicles that determines what happens to an alleged offender's driver's license after a DUI arrest. This means that depending on the circumstances involved, the DMV can choose to restrict, suspend or revoke your license prior to any court hearing.
Additionally, the DMV may opt to take your license away and replace it with a temporary one. Such a scenario could last for months before a hearing is scheduled.
Potential Impact on Your License
Court convictions may remain on your driving record for life. DMV actions also remain for 10 years or more. In addition to a black mark on your driving record, a DUI conviction can lead to higher insurance costs, court fines, mandatory jail time, alcohol education and probation.
Connect with a Lawyer Today
The loss of your driving privileges and whether or not your license is returned before any court appearances can become complicated matters. But you don't need to take on the DMV by yourself. If you have been arrested for DUI and want to know your rights when it comes to your driver's license, you can connect with a DUI attorney in your state of residence .
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