An Arrest for DUI in Virginia Would Lead To DMV Administrative License Suspension

The term DMV administrative license suspension (ALS) is referred to the suspension of your license even before the trial in case you got arrested for the offense of driving under influence (DUI). This means that as soon as you are charged for an offense of driving under influence (DUI), your arrest would have an immediate impact over your privilege to drive despite the fact that you have not been penalized for the charge of driving under influence (DUI) by the court. Once you have been arrested for the DUI offense, it would be followed by an immediate DMV administrative license suspension. In the said scenario, if you hold Virginia driving license than you would be restricted to drive anywhere in the United States until the suspension period is over. On the other hand, if you holds a driving license of any other state than you would be restrained from driving within the state of Virginia.

It is important to know the possibilities, which could lead to the DMV administrative license suspension (ALS). If you are an adult of above the age of 21 years and your blood alcohol content (BAC) in a breath test or blood test at the police station resulted into above .08 % than the condition of DMV administrative license suspension would apply. Similar would be the case scenario for those under the age of 21 and BAC more than .02 %. Also remember that if you are pulled over as a suspect of DUI and you refuse to take the Breathalyzer test or blood test then it would lead to an immediate DMV administrative license suspension regardless of the fact that you were driving under the influence or not.

The next important matter is to know about the duration of a DMV administrative license suspension. This duration is based on the severity of the charges of DUI. The duration for the DMV administrative license suspension for the time offenders for DUI is a week. A second DUI offense within five to ten years could lead to a DMV administrative license suspension for two months or if your trial is held first. Further subsequent offense of DUI would call for a DMV administrative license suspension until your trial.

Further important things to remember in case you face a DMV administrative license suspension in Virginia include that you would not be allowed to even drive to your workplace until the duration of DMV administrative license suspension is over because the state of Virginia does not permits a restricted license during the DMV administrative license suspension. Also note that in case of a first DUI offense it would not be practically possible to get the DMV administrative license suspension reversed because by the time you have hired a DUI lawyer and get a court date the duration of suspension that is a week would be ended. Once the DMV administrative license suspension period is over, you can collect your license from the office of the Clerk at the court, else it would be sent by post to your mailing address. You can consult our expert DUI lawyers at SRIS Law Group, P.C.

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