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Driver's License Suspension & DWI

Our Raleigh DUI Attorney Can Fight for You!

One aspect of a DWI offense is the suspension or revocation of your license, which will take place automatically unless you take action. The DMV is the authority that can revoke or suspend your license; in order to challenge the suspension, you must request a DMV hearing within 10 days of your arrest. At Hopper, Hopper & Mulligan, PLLC, we are experienced in all of the issues surrounding DWI or DUI charges, including matters related to your legal right to drive, license suspension, limited driving permits, and DMV hearings.

We know what it takes to avoid license suspension, we can help you! Contact (919) 876-3300.

How a DMV Hearing Works

The DMV is the authority that will decide whether you can continue to legally operate a vehicle. This is a critical matter for most people—particularly commercial drivers. When your livelihood is based upon your ability to drive, this issue must be addressed by a legal professional with the skills to fight against the suspension or revocation at the DMV hearing.

The matters that will be evaluated at the hearing could include the following:

  • The arresting officer had probable cause to stop you and test you for DWI
  • You agreed to the test or refused the test
  • You were operating the vehicle in question
  • You were above the legal limit in a BAC test that was correctly administered

Challenging the Evidence

There are cases in which rights were violated by pulling a person over for no probable cause. This violates your constitutional rights. If you were not driving in a manner that indicated impairment, you had not committed a traffic violation, or did not have other matters that could justify a police stop, it may be possible to have the case dismissed. Once the case is dismissed, the matter can be brought to the DMV to take action to restore your driving privileges.

Limited Driving Privileges

There are some cases in which limited driving privileges can be arranged. These cases are for those who:

  • Have no prior conviction on a DWI;
  • Carried valid car insurance and proof of this insurance;
  • Submitted to alcohol testing (did not refuse); and
  • Have been penalized under DWI level three, DWI level four, or DWI level five.

Young drivers (under 21) are no longer able to get limited driving privileges until certain conditions are met.

Limited driving privileges have certain restrictions, including that you will only be allowed to drive to and from work, school, to the doctor or other named locations, and only during certain hours of the day. Those who are considered to be "habitual offenders", or have 3 earlier convictions for DWI are not eligible.

You Can Fight Driver's License Suspension

There are certain filings that must take place in order to challenge the suspension or revocation, and very little time in which to do so. We urge you to be proactive in this matter, and contact our firm to find out what can be done for you. Whether you refused the breath or blood test, were arrested for DWI, or have a suspended license and need help restoring your driving privileges, we know what to do, and how to do it. Get help from our firm before it is too late!

Contact our Raleigh DUI lawyer to fight your suspension.

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