Drunk driving can lead to several penalties, one of which is a driver’s license revocation. There are several situations that can lead to this, so you should consider this possibility if you’re facing charges for driving while intoxicated.
The length of the revocation depends on the circumstances of the incident and any prior convictions of this type. If you are facing your first drunk driving charge, you’re looking at a minimum of 180 days of your driver’s license being revoked. If you were involved in an incident that caused bodily injury, the minimum revocation period increases to three years.
On a second charge, the amount of time since the prior conviction is a factor in the revocation period. If the second offense occurs within five years of the first, the minimum revocation is five years. It is possible to apply for a hardship reinstatement if you’ve served one year of that requirement. If your second offense occurs more than five years after the first, it is treated as a first offense for the purpose of determining the revocation term.
The revocation periods are also increased if there is a fatality because of drunk driving. In the harshest circumstance, you can face a mandatory permanent revocation of your license. (Individuals who don’t have a prior conviction may be able to obtain a hardship reinstatement after a five-year period.)
A driver’s license revocation is only one of the penalties that you need to think about when you’re developing your defense strategy. You must carefully review the possible options so you can make a decision that you feel is in your best interests.