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Will I lose my driver’s license?

When you are arrested for DUI, you are subject to both civil and criminal penalties.

Civil DUI Penalties
Criminal DUI Penalties

The civil penalties are handled by the Department of Highway and Safety Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), which will suspend your driving privileges, unless you elect to have an administrative hearing. If you prevail at the hearing, you will not lose you driving privileges. However, the criminal traffic court may still impose penalties including revoking your driving privileges through the criminal proceeding. (See criminal penalties section).

The criminal penalties are handled by the court, just like in any other criminal matter. Even if the DHSMV elects not to suspend your driving privileges, the court may still revoke your driving privileges through the criminal proceeds. For more information about the length of revocation see criminal penalties section.

For more information on how to get your license back, please see How to get your license back after a DUI arrest.