A charge of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is viewed extremely seriously under the law and can have several long-lasting legal ramifications. The reason it is such a serious offense is that it puts the lives of innocent people at risk unnecessarily. Accidents caused by intoxication claim the lives of thousands of people each year, and they are avoidable.
The laws governing DUI limits, and how the offense is prosecuted and punished vary from state to state. It is essential that drivers familiarize themselves with the applicable legislation so that they understand their rights and responsibilities.
Can I still drive after a DUI?
The answer is yes, however, there are some restrictions. Upon arrest for a DUI, in most cases, a Sworn Report is generated that is then sent to the Secretary of State’s Office advising them to suspend the arrestee’s license on the 46th day following the date listed on the Sworn Report (also known as the notice date).
Once license is suspended, a person must apply for a Permit and then install a BAIID machine in order to be able to drive. BAIID will remain in the vehicle between six and twelve months, unless the defense attorney negotiates a shorter time with the Prosecution.
Driving after DUI case has been completed?
In most instances, first-time offenders can get court supervision on their first DUI. Supervision on the DUI does not revoke your license, and as such, license simply remains suspended. Once the six or twelve months are over, one must pay a reinstatement fee and get their license back.
However, a conviction on a DUI will revoke one’s license. Revocation prohibits obtaining license by simply paying reinstatement fee and can require either a formal or informal hearing with the Secretary of State.