What is an Administrative License Suspension
Most states will now impose an administrative license suspension in addition to any penalties that could result from a criminal DUI or DWI conviction. In most instances, administrative actions are taken even before the criminal case is scheduled for a first arraignment. Administrative license suspensions can occur whether a driver has refused the state-administered chemical testing or has taken the tests. If a driver has been notified of this automatic license revocation they have 30 calendar days to file an appeal and request an Administrative License Suspension (ALS) or Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearing. If an appeal of this administrative suspension is not done, the driver faces a license suspension 30 days from the date of arrest.
In some states, if you refused the chemical test and were issued a notice of an administrative suspension, a twelve-month license revocation can occur and you may not qualify for a hardship license. Once a timely ALS or ALR appeal has been filed, your case will be put on a hearing calendar. At the hearing, your attorney will argue the cause of the initial stop and probable cause for the DUI-DWI arrest. Additionally, the arresting officer usually has to testify in regards to stopping the vehicle, implied consent warnings, and additional elements of a DUI or DWI.
If you have been arrested for drunk or impaired driving, don’t wait until your license has been suspended. Speak to an experienced lawyer about how to save your driving privileges and possibly win or reduce your criminal case. Call 1-844-TEAM-DUI or submit your case information for a no-cost evaluation.
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