What Should I Do if My License is Suspended After a DUI Charge?

What Should I Do if My License is Suspended After a DUI Charge?

Facing a license suspension after a DUI charge can be daunting and disruptive. Losing your driving privileges can impact your daily life, job, and overall freedom. However, there are steps you can take to address the suspension and work toward getting your license reinstated. Here’s what you should do if your license is suspended after a DUI charge in Massachusetts.

1. Understand the Reason for Suspension

First, understand why your license was suspended. In Massachusetts, a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) can lead to license suspension for several reasons, including:

  • Refusal to take a breathalyzer or other chemical test (implied consent law)
  • Failing a breathalyzer test
  • A DUI conviction

Each scenario has different implications and procedures for addressing the suspension.

2. Request a Hearing

You have the right to request a hearing with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) to contest the suspension. The hearing process depends on the type of suspension:

  • Chemical Test Refusal: You must request a hearing within 15 days of the suspension notice.
  • Chemical Test Failure: A hearing request must be made promptly after receiving the suspension notice.

At the hearing, you can present your case and any evidence that may support the reinstatement of your driving privileges.

3. Hire an Experienced DUI Attorney

Navigating the complexities of DUI laws and license suspension procedures can be challenging. An experienced DUI attorney can:

  • Help you understand your rights and options
  • Represent you at RMV hearings
  • Build a strong defense for your case
  • Negotiate for reduced penalties or alternative sentencing options

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4. Explore Eligibility for a Hardship License

If your license suspension creates significant hardship, such as difficulty getting to work or medical appointments, you may be eligible for a hardship license. This type of license allows limited driving privileges under specific conditions. To qualify, you typically need to:

  • Complete a portion of your suspension period
  • Enroll in an alcohol education program
  • Provide proof of hardship (e.g., employment or medical needs)

Your attorney can help you determine if you qualify and assist with the application process.

5. Complete Required Programs

Massachusetts often requires drivers convicted of DUI to complete alcohol education or treatment programs. These programs are designed to address substance abuse issues and promote safe driving behavior. Completing these programs is usually a prerequisite for license reinstatement.

6. Pay Fines and Fees

License reinstatement often involves paying various fines and fees. Ensure that all financial obligations related to your DUI charge and suspension are met. Keeping track of these payments and retaining receipts is important for your records.

7. Follow All Court and RMV Orders

Compliance with all court and RMV orders is crucial. This includes attending court dates, completing any ordered community service, and adhering to any probation terms. Failure to comply can result in further penalties and delays in reinstating your license.

8. Prepare for the Reinstatement Process

When you have met all the requirements for reinstatement, you must apply to the RMV to get your license back. This process typically involves:

  • Submitting proof of completed programs
  • Paying any remaining fees
  • Providing documentation of your eligibility

Conclusion

A license suspension after a DUI charge in Massachusetts can significantly impact your life, but taking proactive steps can help you regain your driving privileges. Understanding the reason for your suspension, requesting a hearing, hiring an experienced attorney, and following all required steps are crucial to navigating this challenging situation.

For personalized legal advice and representation, contact The Law Offices of Elliot Savitz & Scott Bradley at (781) 974-3429 for a FREE CONFIDENTIAL LEGAL CONSULTATION. We are here to help you through every step of the process and work towards the best possible outcome for your case.

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