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Key facts to understand about your DUI charge

Driving while under the influence is a serious offense in the eyes of the law. If you face a DUI charge, you may encounter serious penalties.

To reach the best possible outcome, it is important you understand the process ahead of you. There are a few key facts to understand about your DUI charge:

Two legal actions

Many people fail to realize that a DUI charge involves two legal actions. Not only is it a civil action against your driving record, it is also a criminal charge for driving under the influence. These two actions have separate processes and are handled by two different organizations.

Work permit

After an arrest for a DUI, the officer will confiscate your driver's license. You may receive a work permit, also known as a modified driver's license, which you may use to go to work and attend to personal needs. You may choose to obtain a work permit in lieu of having a hearing, or you may request a hearing and the court will mail you a work permit in the meantime.

Administrative hearing

For those who desire to seek full reinstatement of their license, a hearing is necessary. After an arrest, drivers have 15 days to request a hearing. To do so, motorists must complete the correct hearing request form and submit it to the local Department of Public Safety. The agency will then set a hearing date and mail the driver all the details. At the hearing, an administrative hearing officer will review the case to determine if law enforcement followed proper protocol during the arrest. Drivers who successfully beat their civil DUI charges must keep in mind they may still lose their license in their criminal case. For this reason, a knowledgeable attorney can be quite beneficial for both instances.

These are just a few of the key facts about a DUI. Take some time to fully understand the law and process to determine the best path for your situation.

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