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Protecting Your Driver's License After A DUI

Did you ring in 2016 with a little too much to drink, and then get behind the wheel? You are not alone. New Years Eve is one of the biggest nights for drunk driving charges. Unfortunately, if you were charged with a DUI you have to face the consequences - one of which is a suspended driver's license.

After being charged with a DUI, your driver's license was probably confiscated by the police and you were issued a paper temporary driver's license. This temporary license is good for 45 days. On the 46th day you will no longer be able to legally drive.

If you want to continue driving, you have to request a hearing with the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) - and you have to do it quickly.

You have 10 days, after being charged with a DUI, to request a hearing with the MVA. If you fail to request a hearing, you will not be able to prevent the loss of your driving privileges.

At the hearing, you must present arguments as to why your driving privileges should not be suspended. The MVA will then decide whether or not to issue a restricted license allowing you to drive to school or work, or alcohol education classes or treatment.

Knowing whether you should request an MVA hearing, and the arguments to present at the hearing, can be challenging. You should consider working with an experienced DUI lawyer to make sure you have the best chance possible of keeping your license.

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