Will I Lose My License for This DUI?

The short answer is yes, but that’s not a guarantee. The Alabama Department of Public Safety will suspend your license within 30-45 days of you being charged with a DUI. Depending on how many DUI convictions you have in the last 5 years (this is the amount of time they can count a DUI conviction against you) you could lose your license for 90 days for your first DUI up to 1 year for your 4th.

There is a way you can keep your license. You can hire an attorney to ask the judge to order that your license not be suspended until you’re convicted. This is a difficult task for your attorney. It requires him to file a lawsuit against the Department of Public Safety stating that you should not have been charged with DUI, and that it should be dismissed. Your attorney will also ask the judge to order the Department of Public Safety to hold off on suspending your license until the court tells them otherwise.

This is an extremely useful trick to keep your license active until after your lawyer can get your DUI taken care of. Lots of times a first time DUI can be dismissed if you complete alcohol classes and drug testing. If you successfully complete those programs then the DUI will be dismissed. However, if your lawyer didn’t ask the court to order your license to remain active, the Department of Public Safety will suspend it, even if you beat the charges!

If you have been charged with a DUI and need your license to keep your job, you cannot afford to let the Department of Public Safety suspend your license. You owe it to yourself to protect your livelihood, so you must speak to a qualified DUI lawyer immediately!

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