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Will the Court also order my license suspended?
If you are convicted of a DUI offense, the Court will inform the DMV, who will suspend your license as a result of the conviction.
Obviously it is very important to be sure that this "Court Suspension" runs concurrent - at the same time - as the administrative suspension. The period for which you were administratively suspended will be deducted from the length of the Court Suspension. So the timing of the two triggering events - Court and the DMV Hearing - is very important, and one that may be difficult for you without an experienced DUI attorney.
How Long Will My License Be Suspended for a Conviction?
First Offense DUI - Six months suspension
Second Offense DUI (within 10 years): Two years revocation.
Third Offense DUI (within 10 years): Three years revocation.
Fourth Offense DUI (within 10 years): Four years revocation.
The difference between a "suspension" and a "revocation" is that a suspension allows you to get your license restored once you do certain things. A "revocation" means your license is gone - you must reapply.
There are other suspensions that may result from a conviction for DUI:
If you are under 21 when arrested for DUI, you will be suspended for one year.
If you refused the chemical test you will get an extra one year, two years, or three years of suspension, depending upon whether this was a first, second and third offense.
More serious felony DUI may result in a longer license suspension or even permanent license suspension.