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Important facts about your driver's license after a DUI

A DUI can have a strong impact on your life, but it does not have to if you take the proper steps. Some people may not fully understand the process after receiving DUI charges. It is vital that you stay informed and take the right actions for you.

After a conviction for a DUI, you will usually face a driver's license suspension. However, there is a process to determining the length and severity of the suspension. Here are a few key facts to understand regarding a DUI situation.

Suspension ramifications

The penalties for a conviction for a DUI are in the Indiana code for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. In the state of Indiana, a driver’s license suspension can last for up to two years or be as little as 180 days, depending upon the number of previous offenses. If it is the first offense, one may expect the lesser sentence. On the other hand, if it is the second offense or more, the longer penalty may apply. Beyond that, the conviction shows on the individual’s record, which can affect future opportunities, such as employment and securing a new car.

Reinstating the license

It is important to understand that law enforcement may confiscate the driver’s license at the time of the initial stop, but that does not mean an automatic suspension. However, if the driver refuses to take a sobriety test when asked, it may constitute an automatic suspension. In such instances, the arresting officer must inform the driver of the ramifications of taking or not taking the test. The driver may apply for a duplicate license between the time of confiscation and the trial.

If you are in any process of a DUI charge, you want to be sure that you understand what you are facing. Take time to do your research and speak with a knowledgeable source. This may help you to make the best decision for your particular situation.

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