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Strategies to preserve driving privileges after a DUI offense

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2023 | Criminal Defense

In Mississippi, the consequences of Driving Under the Influence can be serious. If you are facing DUI charges, one or more strategies to reduce the severity of penalties could help to prevent significant hardship.

Here are some key considerations about potential avenues to mitigate the consequences of a DUI.

Request an extension of your temporary permit

At the time of an arrest, law enforcement officers will seize a driver’s license and initiate a 90-day suspension. They provide drivers with documentation that may serve as an alternative form of identification as well as a temporary permit to drive. It remains in effect for thirty days from the date of its issuance.

After authorities have seized your license, your legal counsel must take fast action. If you do not appeal the administrative suspension of your license within 30 days, you will lose your opportunity to do so, and you will lose your right to drive for at least 90 days.

Participate in an ignition interlock program

A suspension for a DUI conviction may continue for 120 days. A second offense could result in a year-long suspension.

Participating in the state’s interlock ignition program for drivers with DUI charges could offer you a way to maintain your driving privileges. While you have this restriction on your license, you may operate only the vehicle equipped with the device. You must also complete the Mississippi Alcohol Safety Education Program.

Lastly, it is important to consider potential strategies to appeal a judicial determination of guilt before the time that you have to file an appeal expires.