How long does it take for a suspension to be lifted? 39 Answers as of April 17, 2012

If you get convicted with drunk driving and your license gets suspended, how long before one can drive again? Is there any way of reducing the imposed suspension? I will be out of the country for 6 months. Will this still be counted as part of the suspension?

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Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
Yes, your time out of the country counts; make sure you have the court's permission if you are still on probation prior to traveling abroad. You may be eligible to appeal your suspension through the DAAD. You should consult with an attorney who handles license restoration claims if you are interested in trying to reduce your suspension.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 4/17/2012
Anderson Law Office
Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
The time starts ticking as soon as you get the offense. You must fulfill the requirements of DPS to be reinstated no matter how long you wait.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 3/14/2012
The Short Law Group, P.C.
The Short Law Group, P.C. | Shawn Kollie
Under Oregon Law there are several reasons for a suspension. First, the DMV will suspend a license for 90 days with a BAC test over .08, or 1 year for a refusal. A DUI conviction will lead to a 1 year suspension (for the first conviction) but this can run concurrent to the DMV suspension. With additional conviction you may fall under the "habitual offender" suspension, or worst of all have a "lifetime suspension" which means you are suspended for 10 years. The only way to drive during this time is with a Hardship/Probationary Permit (if you qualify) but this is only valid in Oregon. Finally, time outside the State will not be tolled for purposes of the suspension.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 3/12/2012
Law Office of Richard Williams
Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
If your driving license is suspended for a first time DUI the suspension is for ninety (90) days. It would make no difference if you were out of the country or otherwise. You would have to apply for reinstatement.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 3/12/2012
Law Office of Phillip Weiser
Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
The suspension period is set by the Driver Control Bureau for a set period of time, you should receive notice of when the beginning and ending dates are.
Answer Applies to: Kansas
Replied: 3/12/2012
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
    Your license will be revoked. This means that you will need to take affirmative steps to reinstate your license. In Minnesota, you need to pay a reinstatement fee and apply for a new license. The period of revocation depends upon a number of factors. Again, in Minnesota the period of revocation will depend upon whether you have prior offenses and, possibly, the result of any test you submitted to. Your revocation period will continue to run if you are out of country.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    The Secretay of State will tell you how long the suspension is for and when it will be lifted. They will also tell you if you need to do anything else to get it lifted. The time that you are out of state still counts. However if you get a driving offense anywhere during the suspension, then they extend the suspension. So DO NOT DRIVE.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    The suspension is a consequence of driving under the influence. It cannot be reduced. You may qualify for an ignition interlock license now if you are willing to have an ignition interlock installed on every vehicle you drive. The suspension will continue to run while you're out of the country. Check the Washington Department of Licensing website. It will tell you the length of your suspension and what you must do to get your license reinstated. Be sure to complete your probation requirements and send proof to the court before you leave. Otherwise, you could be arrested at the airport upon your return. Also, check with your probation counselor. You may be prohibited from leaving the state; let alone the country while you are on probation.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    If you get a DWI the suspension period is 6 months or one year unless you are under are 21. If you are convicted of DWUI, a violation, the suspension period is 90 days. You can apply for a conditional or hardship license if you ask your lawyer he will tell you the suspension period in your case and whether you qualify for a conditional license.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Hynum Law Office, LLC
    Hynum Law Office, LLC | G. Wayne Hynum
    In Mississippi a first offense DUI results in a 90 day suspension of your driver's license, or until you have completed the mandatory alcohol safety program, whichever is longer. However, on a first offense DUI it is possible to get a hardship exception and get limited driving privileges after 30 days of the suspension through the Circuit Court if you need to drive for your employment, to attend school, or obtain necessary medical care. Conviction on a second offense DUI results in a 2 year suspension of your driver's license, and you cannot get a hardship exception. Conviction of a third offense DUI results in a 5 year suspension of your driver's license and you cannot get a hardship exception. Whether you are out of the country or not has nothing to do with how long the suspension lasts.
    Answer Applies to: Mississippi
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Harden Law Offices
    Harden Law Offices | Leonard D. Harden
    If convicted of DWI you need take a class, provide proof of insurance with a SR 22 before being restored. The time under will count. If a refusal then DMV loss of license is added to court. Contact a defense lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Healan Law Offices
    Healan Law Offices | William D. Healan, III
    The length of the suspension depends on the offense for which you were convicted and your past record. The time you are out of the country will count.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    The length of the suspension depends on your record for DWI - 1st offense, etc. It cannot be shortened, although you can possibly get an occupational license. The suspension period continues even if you are out of the country.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Vasilkovs Law Office | Donna Vasilkovs
    Luckily for you, the time out of the country still counts toward the susension!
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Law Offices of Phil Hache
    Law Offices of Phil Hache | Phil Hache
    That depends on whether you have a 1st offense DUI, 2nd..3rd DUI, etc. If it's a 1st offense DUI, you were over 21 at the time of arrest, and there is no Refusal enhancement, then your suspension after a 1st DUI conviction is 6 months, and you would be eligible for a restricted license immediately. If you also lost or did not request an APS hearing, then that is a 4 month suspension, and you would be eligible for a restricted license after 1 month (then serve 5 months of restricted license). There are a lot of variables here. Talk to you attorney about it, or feel free to contact me through 1duilawyer.com if you would like to discuss in more detail.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Law Offices of Douglas J. Lindsay
    Law Offices of Douglas J. Lindsay | Douglas J. Lindsay
    The (your) period of suspension is determined by the Secretary of State and is non-negotiable. The time period is clearly defined in the paperwork you receive. Restricted driving privileges may be afforded to you if you qualify. After your period of suspension has concluded, your license will remain suspended until you pay the required reinstatement fees. If you are out of the country for 6 months this time period is counted as part of your suspension.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Fairlie & Lippy, P.C.
    Fairlie & Lippy, P.C. | Steven Fairlie
    You must be sure all license "products" you own are submitted to PennDOT with proof that you turned them in. You cannot drive again until you get an OLL or your license physically back from PennDOT. Time out of the country will count but jailtime on that offense does not count.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Yes it will be counted as part of the suspension. And it just so happens that the length of suspension for a first offense is also 6 months. You cannot get your license reinstated until you complete the required alcohol program. Consider having a DUI specialist represent you in court. Not having a DUI in the first place is the best way to not have a suspension.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    I do not know what your license was suspended for. Your "law area" indicates "DUI". You don't say how many DUI convictions you have or what is on your record, or how old you are (if you are under 21),or if you have other convictions that impact your record. One thing you can do is contact the Department of Licensing - Reinstatement Division. They may be able to give you an idea.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Your suspension is defined and described in your paperwork from either the DMV suspension order, or the court suspension order, whichever, or both, apply. Read them. No, there is no reasonable way to reduce the suspension once ordered. To do so you would have to file an appropriate Motion with the DMV or the court, will appropriate legal grounds to justify reduction. I want it is not good grounds, nor is hardship. The suspension should logically run while your are away, without effect on it.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Salladay Law Office | Lance Salladay
    Depending on the time your license was suspended, it can be reinstated very shortly after the suspension time has been completed. The time you are out of the country will count as part of your suspension
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law | Mark Thiessen
    Yes, it runs when you are out of the country. Need more information about why it was suspended. And make sure that you pay any surcharges off or it will never get unsuspended.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    Out of country counts towards suspension time. How long before you drive depends on a number of factors. You can sometimes reduce the imposed sentence, but I would need to know the facts of the case. The facts of the case and the number of prior convictions are critical information.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    The time out of state will count. You can sometimes Get a conditional license. Talk to your lawyer about this.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache
    The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache | Stephanie Arrache
    The suspension depends on the terms of your plea (whether the court ordered additional suspension) and the dmv. It usually depends on how many priors, if any at all, you have. It does not matter if you are out of the county. However, make sure that you're finished with you alcohol classes and everything else. You don't want to miss any of those other penalties and violate your probation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    In Illinois, you would be revoked for a conviction for DUi, although for a set period, you would need to go to the secretary of state's office and have a hearing for a hardship license or reinstatement of license. If in another state, contact your DMV to determine their requirements for reinstatement of license. Your period of suspension will continue through your time abroad, and will count toward time of suspension.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Law Office of Michael Bialys THE DUI MAN
    Law Office of Michael Bialys THE DUI MAN | Michael Bialys
    You can be credited fro you suspension while you are away and when you return you may be eligible for a full reinstatement or a restricted driver's license. A lot depends on what happens with the case.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum | Edward J. Blum
    Depends on whether this is your first (6 months), second (2 years) or third (3 years) DUI. Yes it starts 30 days after arrest if you don't contest it. You will be eligible for a restricted license after 1 month 90 days or 1 year depending.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Kelly A. Broadbent, Esq.
    Kelly A. Broadbent, Esq. | Kelly Broadbent
    In Massachusetts, a conviction for OUI would result in at least a 45 day loss of license. The period of time you are out of the country would count towards to suspension. You must go to the RMV to pay the reinstatement fee prior to driving again or you are still considered suspended, even of the time period is over.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Pingelton Law Firm | Dan Pingelton
    Get a lawyer and review those questions with him or her. Generally, you're looking at 30 days of no license, then a period of hardship if you qualify. If during the period of suspension you are out of the country, it will still count toward your time.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    I would need to know how long your license was taken for be for I could give an answer. The time your out of the country will count if the license was taken prior to your leaving.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Betts Legal Services
    Betts Legal Services | Shawn M. Betts
    Suspensions vary depending on alcohol level, a person's age(if under 21), and other factors, such as prior record, whether a plea is entered, etc. If you are out of the country, that would still count as time towards a suspension. Contact the Dept. of Pub. Safety to determine what needs to be done to get your license back and when that can occur.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    H. Scott Basham, Attorney at Law, P.C. | H. Scott Basham
    Sometimes the license suspension can be lifted early if you complete all your classes, pay all your fines, etc. But if you're going to be overseas for 6 months, you probably are out of luck.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    Robert Mortland
    Robert Mortland | Law Office of Robert Mortland
    Yes, the time out of the country can count as your suspension period. A first DUI will give you a 6 month suspension most of the time.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/9/2012
    The Law Offices of Harold L. Wallin | Harold L. Wallin
    If you are convicted of DUI, your license will be revoked, not suspended. Your eligibility date will depend on how many convictions you have had. The Secretary of State will send you a letter with your eligibility date.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 3/8/2012
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