after a period of time as this could severely affect my employment with the same job I've had for 5 years. I'm hearing an 18 month suspension for a habitual so to speak...
If you are convicted, as a tier 1 you will lose your license for 12 months. A tier 2 or 3 (blood alcohol above .10, accident or a refusal to submit to chemical testing) will give you an 18 month suspension. In both these situations you will have to have an ignition interlock system installed on your car for 1 year after you get your license back (there is some exceptions for work vehicles). Depending on your driving record, you may also receive an additional 5 year habitual offender suspension if you have 3 or more major offenses on your driving record within the past 5 years.
Your bigger problem is that you are facing a potentially lengthy jail sentence. You definitely need an attorney to represent you in this matter.
A 3rd DUI conviction comes with a 1 year mandatory jail sentence. I would think this is a bigger issue for your employment than a license suspension. It is likely that you will have to serve the license suspension as an occupational license is very restricted for DUI convictions, and is not permitted with more than 1 prior DUI suspension within 10 years. It is equally likely that you will have to have an ignition interlock device to regain your license. Right now you should focus on defending against the DUI charge and not the future possibility of a license suspension. Hire counsel right away to determine if there are any defenses available that could avoid a conviction, and to look into your options that may permit you to avoid spending the mandatory year in jail.
This is not intended as individual legal advice and there is no attorney client relationship established by this answer. It is advisable that you seek individualized legal assistance. This is not a substitute for hiring an attorney.
At least 1 year. It depends how long ago was your 1st and 2nd. It also depends on your current BAC,
alcohol level, to know what level of punishment you fall within. It could be an 18 month or a five year loss of license. If an 18 month loss of license you should be eligible for an OLL, work license, after 12 months (no driving during the first 12 months). More importantly you should hire an attorney who is familiar with DUI's.
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