Anyone who remembers how hard it was to wait to turn sixteen and get their driver’s license will probably agree that if you lose your license later, it can be a real hardship. Driving gives you a sense of freedom and independence, but also allows you to get where you need to go. If you are not allowed to drive you have to rely on a friend or family member to take you places, or find an alternative form of transportation. There are several things you can do that put your license in jeopardy, like getting too many speeding tickets and accumulating too many points on your driving record. And, if you get pulled over for DUI there is an automatic suspension of your right to drive. In the instance of a DUI you do have the chance to ask for your license back, but you do have to ask on time. In addition to the automatic license suspension that happens when you get a DUI, there are other things that lead to loss of your license.
Four ways to lose your driver’s license with, or without a DUI are:
- Being convicted of reckless driving. Most reckless driving tickets are the result of driving way over the speed limit and/or weaving in and out of traffic while speeding. The key here is that the driving pattern puts others in danger.
- DUI cases that also involve drugs. A common combination is a DUI charge along with a charge for possession of marijuana. This duo, when it results in a conviction, can also result in a loss of your driver’s license.
- Failing to abide by the terms of probation, especially probation for DUI cases.
- A DUI that involves an accident, especially one where the other driver or passengers are seriously injured or a death results.
If you have been charged with DUI make sure that you defend your right to drive as well as defend the criminal charges against you. Most people are unaware that a DUI is a two part case, and tend to focus only on the criminal portion of the case. But if you ignore the administrative component to your case, the part where your driver’s license is suspended, you just might find yourself without the right to drive. Call our office for more information, and let one of experienced DUI defense attorneys help you.
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