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Administrative License Suspension - OVI-DUI Lawyer

Administrative License Suspension

When you are charged with a drunk driving offense (DUI or OVI), your license is placed under an immediate suspension- even if you have been wrongly charged with DUI!  This suspension is called an Administrative License Suspension (or ALS) and is considered a civil penalty as opposed to criminal.

You can receive driving privileges while under an ALS, but only AFTER the “hard time” is up.  There are limited opportunities to challenge and teminate the ALS.  These challenges are limited by time so contact the DUI - OVI Attorneys at Stiefvater Law, LLC immediately to preserve your challenge.  The length of the suspension and hard time depends upon whether you refused the chemical test (most often a breathalyzer) and the number of drunk driving convictions you have within the past ten (10) years.

If you are convicted of OVI, the Administrative License Suspension is terminated and you are then placed under a court ordered or judicial suspension.  Click here to view OVI/DUI penalties.

Even if you beat your DUI, if the ALS has not been challenged and defeated, your license will remain suspended under the Administrative License Suspension laws.  It is imperative that you speak with a DUI lawyer immediately after you have been charged because you have only 30 days to challenge the ALS!

The length of the Administrative License Suspension depends upon the number of prior drunk driving convictions.  See below:

First Offense in Ten Years

Failed chemical test- 90 day license suspension.  Driving privileges after 15 day hard time.

Refused chemical test- 1 year suspension.  Driving privileges after 30 day hard time.

Second Offense in Ten Years

Failed chemical test- 1 year suspension.  Driving privileges after 45 day hard time.

Refused chemical test- 2 year suspension.  Driving privileges after 90 day hard time.

Third Offense in Ten Years

Failed chemical test- 2 year suspension.  Driving privileges after 180 day hard time.

Refused chemical test- 3 year suspension.  Driving privileges after 1 year hard time.

Four or more Offenses in Ten Years

Failed chemical test- 3 year suspension.  Driving privileges after 3 years hard time.

Refused chemical test- 5 year suspension.  Driving privileges after 3 years hard time.