Drivers License Suspension & Reinstatement
In Alabama, a the criminal charge of driving under the influence (DUI) and a Drivers License Suspension are two different proceedings.
When you are arrested for DUI, the Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS) will usually attempt to suspend your driver’s license. The arresting officer may seize your license and give you a yellow piece of paper that acts as a temporary license. You may be allowed to keep your license during arrest and then receive a letter from the DPS stating that they intend to suspend your license.
Both the yellow form and the letter state that you are entitled to an administrative hearing before an officer at the Department of Public Safety. This hearing is only chance to challenge the suspension of your license. If you do not request a hearing, you waive the right to challenge your Drivers License Suspension.
Period of suspension; relation to Section 32-5A-191.
(a) A driving privilege suspension shall become effective 45 days after the person has received a notice of intended suspension as provided in Section 32-5A-303, or is deemed to have received a notice of suspension by mail as provided in Section 32-5A-302 if no notice of intended suspension was served.
(b) The period of driving privilege suspension under this section shall be as follows:
(1) Ninety days if the driving record of a person shows no prior alcohol or drug-related enforcement contacts during the immediately preceding five years.
(2) One year if the driving record of a person shows one prior alcohol or drug-related enforcement contact during the immediately preceding five years.
(3) Three years if the driving record of a person shows two or three alcohol or drug-related enforcement contacts during the immediately preceding five years.
(4) Five years if the driving record of a person shows four or more alcohol or drug-related enforcement contacts during the immediately preceding five years.
(5) For purposes of this section, “alcohol or drug-related enforcement contacts” shall include any suspension under this article, any suspension or revocation entered in this or any other state for a refusal to submit to chemical testing under an implied consent law, and any conviction in this or any other state for a violation which involves driving a motor vehicle while having an unlawful percent of alcohol in the blood, or while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or alcohol and drugs except that no more than one alcohol or drug-related contact on any one DUI arrest may be considered by the department in determining the period of suspension.
(c) If a license is suspended under this section for having .08 or more by weight of alcohol in the blood of the person and the person is also convicted on criminal charges arising out of the same occurrence for a violation of Section 32-5A-191, the suspension under this section shall be imposed, but no period of suspension or revocation shall be imposed under Section 32-5A-191. If a license is suspended under this section for having .08 or more by weight of alcohol in the blood of the person and the criminal charge against the person for violation of Section 32-5A-191 is dismissed, “nolle prossed,” or the person is acquitted of the charge, the director shall rescind the suspension order and remove the administrative suspension from the person’s driving record.
Here is a link to information about Drivers License Suspension in the Alabama Code on Department of Public Safety Suspensions.
Driving to Work and School with a Drivers License Suspension
Some states allow for a restricted driver’s license. This is where a person with a Drivers License Suspension is allowed to drive only back and forth from home and work or school. In Alabama, these special licenses are not available. That is why it is absolutely important to call an experienced Alabama drivers licenses suspension lawyer immediately.