Can I lose my license if I’m found guilty of a DWI/DUI?

CAN I LOSE MY LICENSE IF I’M FOUND GUILTY OF A DWI/DUI?

can i lose my license dwiHave you recently been arrested for a DWI/DUI and are worried about the status of your license? 

Under LA R.S. 23:667, your license can be seized for the following reasons:

  • Refusal of any standardized field sobriety test;
  • A blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level that’s greater than .08%, if you’re 21 or over;
  • A BAC level that’s greater than .02, if you’re under 21

In Louisiana, you have thirty (30) days from the date of your arrest to request an administrative hearing with the Louisiana Division of Administrative Law (DAL) relating to the suspension of your license. On the thirty-first (31st) day, if you haven’t requested your administrative hearing, your license will be suspended.

When fighting to keep your license, you will first go up against the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV). If the OMV upholds the suspension of your license, you are allowed to appeal the suspension of your license in Louisiana district court. In most cases, so long as you are in the process of appealing your suspension, your license is not suspended and you are allowed to continue to drive legally without restriction. This is why it is so important to hire an attorney quickly in every case, but especially in DWI/DUI cases. Depending on the circumstances (i.e. multiple DWI/DUIs), your license can be suspended from one to several years. 

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License Suspension vs. License Revocation

The two main penalties of having your driver’s license taken away are license suspension and license revocation. A license suspension is temporary and a license revocation is permanent.

A license suspension means that you cannot drive a motor vehicle legally for either a set period of time or an open-ended period of time. Of note is that when you are arrested for DWI/DUI, the arresting officer will provide you with a temporary license. That temporary driver’s license is valid for thirty days (from the date of your arrest). As indicated above, you are required to request the administrative hearing within thirty days of your arrest otherwise your license will be automatically suspended and you’ll have to wait for your suspension time to be up, pay fees, and fill out paperwork to get your license reinstated. Again, this is why it is so important to hire an attorney quickly in every case, but especially in DWI/DUI cases.

A license revocation means that your license is taken away for good and can occur when there are multiple DWI/DUI offenses. You may be eligible for a license at some point in the future with a scheduled hearing.

No matter the case, both of the penalties mean that you cannot legally drive a vehicle. This is a punishment you don’t want to face, but the right legal team can help you get a better outcome—and in many instances avoid any suspension of your license. 

Penalties You May Face During a DWI/DUI Case

DWI/DUI cases are very serious, and depending on the various factors and outcome of the case, you may be facing a wide range of consequences. Penalties for persons convicted of a DWI/DUI may include:

  • Prison or jail time 
  • Fines 
  • Community service
  • Supervised Probation 
  • Education Requirements 
  • Alcohol abuse treatment
  • Increased insurance rates

The Advantage of Hiring a Top DWI/DUI Legal Team

Most DWI/DUI offenses will result in the suspension or revocation of your license. Our top DWI/DUI legal team can help you get your license back in your hands for good.

When you’re facing a DWI/DUI charge, you also need to make sure you do everything to try and get the charges dismissed or reduced. Our experienced team will provide an in-depth analysis of your case and help build a strong defense with the hopes of getting the best possible outcome in your case. We have experience in representing clients in all types of DWI/DUI situations, and we know the ins and outs of these unique legal proceedings.

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No matter where you are at in your DWI/DUI case, we will help minimize penalties and get your license back. Call (337) 433-1414 or send us a message now to get your consultation today!

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