One way a driver can lose their license is to commit too many “moving violations” within a certain period of time—e.g., running a red light, speeding, and so forth. Before your license is suspended, you are entitled to a hearing with a motor vehicle bureau officer, at which time you can plead your case and explain any extenuating circumstances.
Another way to have your driver’s license suspended is to get caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. DMV can revoke your license before you’ve even been convicted of a DUI/DWI offense—and it only takes one offense. No multiple violations over a period of time or accruing points. After your arrest, if you refuse a blood alcohol test or take one with the result over the legal limit, the police officer will take your license and issue you a temporary one with a future expiration date. Your license will be suspended on that date unless you prevail at a Department of Motor Vehicles hearing.
In order to have a hearing you must request one. You can argue your case at the hearing. If you do not prevail at that hearing, DMV will suspend your driver’s license. A DUI/DWI attorney is a valuable asset for this process.
The length of your suspension depends on whether you have a prior refusal or DWI. If this is your first offense, then the suspension is six months. For any subsequent offense, the suspension is for two years.
DUI/DWI is a grave offense. The best antidote is to avoid any alcohol/drug impairment. Short of that, never get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Too many lives are at stake.