DUI / DWI Administrative Suspension Guidance
With each DUI or DWI arrest, two different and distinct consequences arise.
The first, is your criminal DUI or DWI charge.
The second, is the administrative suspension of your driving privileges. No matter what the disposition is of your criminal DUI or DWI charge, even if it’s just your first DUI / DWI, you can lose your driving privileges for as little as 30 days or as much as one year. If you’ve had previous DUI / DWI charges, you could increase the administrative suspension time of your driving privileges up to even 5 or 10 years.
There are many different variables associated with how long you may lose your driver’s license or your driving privileges, and all the steps you will need to take to get your license back. For example, an SR-22, a reinstatement fee and/or a completion of a driver’s education program (SATOP) may be necessary. Unlike the court dates for your criminal charges, in order to fight your administrative suspension from the Department of Revenue, you have a very short timeframe within which to act, and to appeal your driver’s license suspension. In some cases, you have as little as 12 days from the date you are stopped to file a Request for Hearing or a Petition for Refusal of a Breathalyzer under the State Statute: RSMo. Section 577.041.
Whether you took a breathalyzer, or refused to take a breathalyzer, you need to contact an experienced DUI or DWI defense attorney.