There is no general prohibition against driving immediately after being
arrested for DUI. The only restriction would be if you
refused a breathalyzer, or tested greater than a 0.15 blood alcohol content (BAC). If you did,
it is called an implied consent violation, and your license will usually
be immediately suspended by the police.
If you have an implied consent violation, you can have your driving privileges
restored by requesting a hearing with the office of motor vehicles within
thirty days of your arrest. Our office can assist you with that process,
usually filing your hearing request the same or next day after we are
hired. Typically you will be allowed to drive unrestricted within a week
of that hearing request being submitted.
Other than an implied consent suspension, there is also a suspension for
those who are convicted of DUI. You will be convicted in the event that
you either plead guilty, no contest or are found guilty after a trial.
The suspension for a
DUI 1st conviction is six months, although you may qualify for what is called
a route restricted license, allowing you to go to and from home and work
during the suspension period.