I was JUST charged with a DWI, they took my LICENSE, can I drive?
This guide discusses the eligibility requirements for a driving privilege after an immediate 30 day DWI revocation.
Who Get's Revoked?A driver that is stopped and submits to chemical analysis and meets one of the following criteria 1)Willfully refuses to submit to the chemical analysis; 2) Has an alcohol concentration of 0.08; 3) Has an alcohol concentration of 0.04 or more while driving a commercial motor vehicle; OR 4) Has any alcohol concentration while driving and the driver is under 21 years of age.
When does the Revocation Occur?Immediately after you meet any of the 4 categories listed in number 1 of this guide, the police officer will have you surrender your license on the spot. From that point forward, you are NO longer authorized to drive at all.
When can I drive?You have two options, you can contact a lawyer and have him or her secure you a pre-trial limited driving privilege OR pay the civil revocation fee, wait 30 days (do not drive during the 30 day waiting period) and on the 31st day you can go to the courthouse and retrieve your drivers license.
What Happens if I Don't Get a Privilege and Drive Anyway?You will get charged with Driving While License Revoked. If and when you plead guilty to a DWLR charge, your driving privilege will be suspended further. For the first conviction, it will be suspended an additional year, the second, 2 years and the 3rd, indefinitely.