Get Your License Back After Your DUI Arrest

How do you get your license back after your DUI arrest in South Carolina? Hi, my name is Dale Savage and I’m a criminal defense attorney here in Charleston, South Carolina, and today I’m going to talk to you about what you can do to get your license back after your DUI arrest.

Notice of Suspension Form

One of the first things I talk about with someone who comes and meets with me following their DUI arrest and their license suspension is what they can do to change the impact that DUI arrest is having on their life. That begins by getting back your license to drive. If you refused to provide a breath sample or you provided a breath sample that registered greater than 0.15%, then your license was automatically and immediately suspended. During the booking process, the police officer will have given you a blue notice of suspension form and you need to hang onto that form because it’s very important.

How This Helps

Now, here’s the most important part that’s going to help you get your license back. You can challenge that license suspension or preferably have your attorney challenge that suspension by requesting an administrative hearing using that notice of suspension form. This administrative hearing is separate and apart from your criminal court date, and it must be made within 30 days of your license suspension or you lose that right. Once you make that request for that administrative hearing, the DMV will send you notice giving you the date and time of when that hearing’s going to take place. Once you get that notice, you can take that form to any local DMV providing that you have a South Carolina driver’s license, and request what’s called a temporary alcohol license. You should be able to walk out of the DMV that day with a license to drive and that license to drive allows you to drive in the state of South Carolina day or night, unrestricted for up to six months or until that administrative issue has been resolved.

Charleston, SC DUI Attorney

There are numerous reasons and legal challenges you can make to challenge that license suspension. If you win that hearing, then the license suspension is thrown out. If you lose, then the suspension will kick in as if you never made that request before, but the important part is you don’t suffer any additional penalties for making that request, so it makes sense to go ahead and challenge that license suspension.

If you have any questions about your license issues following a DUI arrest, please give me a call at (843) 530-7813, and thanks for watching this video and I hope it was helpful.

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