Will I Lose My License for a DUI/DWI?

How a DUI/DWI can lead to your license being suspended or revoked.

Question

If I get a DUI, will I lose my driver's license?

Answer

If you get convicted of a DUI, there's basically no way to avoid license suspension. Most states will suspend your license for anywhere from three months to a year on a first DUI. For a second DUI, there's usually a longer suspension.

Even a motorist who's just arrested for a DUI—and never actually convicted—might face license suspension. Generally, the Department of Motor Vehicles will administratively suspend the license of anyone arrested for driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more.

But in most states, a motorist can get a "hardship license" for driving to and from places like work and school during the suspension period. Generally, a motorist must complete "hard suspension" of 30 to 45 days—during which no driving is allowed—before obtaining a hardship license. And some states don't issue hardship licenses to repeat offenders or motorists who refused DUI chemical testing in violation of implied consent laws.

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