Will I lose My Driver’s License for a First Offense DUI?
During an enjoyable night out on the town, it can be far too easy to guzzle down just one more drink. You may think it is still safe to drive but you are sadly mistaken. Before you know it, flashing lights are behind you and you come to find your Blood Alcohol Concentration is above the legal limit. This common scenario leaves first-time offenders panicking, wondering how serious the consequences will be.
One of the most frequently asked questions is what the impact of a first offense DUI will be on a person’s driver’s license. Despite it being the first offense, DUI related incidents are taken seriously, requiring harsh consequences. Therefore, even a first offense DUI will require license suspension for a period of time.
The Specifics of License Revocation
For those convicted of a first offense DUI, one of the most painful consequences is the loss of license. Typically, after conviction, the perpetrator will lose their license for a minimum of 9 months and very often for a period of 12 months.
For most people this sounds like a death sentence, impacting their livelihood, family life, and general ability to carry out the necessary tasks of life. The courts may take this into consideration and for some qualifying individuals, it is possible to have early reinstatement with an ignition interlock device. The person will be required to fully serve part of the revocation before they become eligible for the device. Generally, they will be required to go without a license entirely for 30-60 days before becoming eligible for reinstatement with the device.
The ignition interlock device works by requiring a person to blow into the device each time they get behind the wheel. This is basically a personal breathalyzer test that requires a person to be alcohol-free before the ignition will allow the vehicle to be started.
Be mindful this is not free. Since the person responsible for driving under the influence caused the revocation, they will be responsible for costs incurred for installation, rent of the device, and additional monthly fees.
What Qualifies As DUI
A DUI can be for driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or even both substances. In order to be guilty of DUI, the person must have a Blood Alcohol Concentration that is at or exceeds .08%.
If found with a blood alcohol concentration that is at or exceeds .17% the guilty party will face harsher consequences. These include being designated as a Persistent Drunk Driver. Regardless of the number of prior offenses or lack thereof, this designation applies to any DUI at or exceeding a Blood Alcohol Concentration of .17%.
This basically means the perpetrator is considered to be a repeat or aggravated offender. Subsequently, penalties will be increased, requiring the person to use an interlock device for an extended period of time.
If you or someone you know is facing charges for DUI, you can’t afford to fight alone. With your livelihood and family life at stake, it is important to have the very best fighting for you! Be sure to contact a skilled DUI attorney to help you mitigate the challenging court system and ensure a better outcome for your case!