When you get arrested for a DUI, there's two separate proceedings. One proceeding is the criminal case, and that involves the prosecutor and the judge.
The other proceeding is the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle’s suspension of your driver's license. If you get a citation for DUI for driving with an unlawful breath alcohol level, the DHSMV will suspend your license for six months. If you get a citation for DUI for refusal to submit to a sobriety test, they'll suspend your license for 12 months.
It's important to note that the actual citation that you get is a temporary driver's license for 10 days from the date of your arrest, as well as that the process to get your business purposes license needs to be commenced within 10 days of the date of your arrest.
The first step is to get enrolled in DUI school. At our office, we have a form that will walk you right through that.
For the second step, we will submit to the DHSMV a Petition for Eligibility Review and include proof of your enrollment in DUI school. As a general rule, our office can get you a business purposes license within 48 hours. With My Arrest Lawyer®, as part of the retainer in the criminal case, our office will walk you through it and make sure that you get a business purposes license. Regardless of the outcome of your criminal case, you will be able to drive.
Unfortunately, if you have a prior conviction for DUI or if you have a prior refusal to submit to a sobriety test, your chances of getting a business purposes license are significantly reduced, although not impossible.