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How Long Will My License Be Suspended?

Getting charged with drunk driving undoubtedly brings many severe consequences. One of the most serious penalties that can impact an individual’s life is the license suspension, restriction, or revocation that can be issued.

While this may seem minor at first compared to jail time or fines, it can greatly hinder your ability to get to work or school, run errands, and carry out other every day activities. Having your driving privileges stripped from you can be frustrating and challenging, especially when it is for months or longer.

Although all cases are different, here is a breakdown of what you can expect per conviction:

  • First offense: 6 to 10-month suspension
  • Second offense: 2-year suspension
  • Third offense: 3-year revocation
  • Chemical test refusal: Automatic 1-year suspension
  • Misdemeanor DUI with injury: 1 to 3-year restriction
  • Felony DUI: 4-year revocation

You may be allowed to convert your suspension into a restricted license, which allows you to drive to and from your place of employment and other necessary locations on a limited basis. For example, for a second offense, your 2-year suspension could be converted into a restricted license after 12 months. Similarly, a third offense license revocation may be converted after 18 months. In some cases, drivers may also have the option - or be required to - install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle as part of the terms of their conviction.

Protect Your Driving Privileges Today

At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., our attorneys have successfully helped clients defend themselves against not only the criminal penalties of a DUI, but also the driving penalties. Attorney Virginia Landry and our entire team are skilled in protecting the rights of clients during DMV hearings, and we’re prepared to see how we can help you.

If you have questions about protecting your driving privileges after a DUI arrest, contact our firm for a free and confidential case evaluation.