When Will My License Be Reinstated After A DUI Arrest?

Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offense. It carries swift and sometimes painful consequences. As part of your DUI arrest, it is likely that you will lose your license. For many people, reinstating that license is of the utmost importance. Here is what you need to know.

You should understand the process of your DUI arrest. When you are pulled over, the officer will assess the facts to determine your state of awareness. If you are considered to be under the influence, the arresting officer will typically take your license. In its place, you will be issued a temporary one. In most cases, this license is usable while your case is pending. If you refuse to cooperate, then license suspension may be automatic. Your temporary license will expire on the date of your court appearance.

If you do not attend your court hearing, you will permanently lose your license. It is possible to get your license back at the hearing if your case is strong enough. However, if you are unable to win your case, the suspension will be enforced, and you will have to take measures to earn your driving privileges back.

To start that process, you will have to pay fees. In general, this includes a court fee, a reinstatement fee, and a bail fee. If you have outstanding fees, you will not be allowed to get your license back. Therefore, be prepared with the appropriate funds on hand.

Payment is only part of the process. At your court hearing, the duration of your suspension will be defined. It will depend on the nature of your arrest and whether or not you have a history of DUI charges. Similarly, you will also be given other court requirements. This typically features DUI traffic school as part of an educational or rehabilitative component.

Before getting your license back, you will also need to get your insurance in order. Your insurance provider needs to be informed about your DUI. You will have to fill out the SR-22 form and provide it to officials. This form indicates that your insurance provider is aware of the charges.

Only after these steps can you visit your local DMV office. Here, you will apply for reinstatement. The local officials will work through the rest of the process with you to get your license fully reinstated.

This process can seem long and overwhelming, which is why you should not undertake the journey by yourself. It is important to have proper legal representation to support your interests and help get through the process. Vaughan C. Jones is an excellent choice for representation. Contact our office today to get to work on your legal matters.