Upon arrest for drunk driving, you may be required to surrender your driver’s license on the spot to the law enforcement officer. However, the actual revocation of your license is a separate process from the criminal proceedings. An attorney can protect your rights in court and in administrative license revocation (ALR).
At the Berry Law Firm, we understand that losing your driving privileges may be as bad as or worse than jail time, fines and a criminal record. You need a license to drive to work, to transport your family, to get around town and travel.
Our DUI defense lawyers work to preserve your license after a drunk driving arrest or restore your driving privileges as soon as possible. Contact us to arrange a consultation at one of our law offices in Omaha or Lincoln.
Ignition Interlock or ALR Hearing: A Critical Decision
Installing an ignition interlock device (at your expense) allows you to continue driving, without interruption on a first offense or after 45 days for a repeat DUI. By applying for an ignition interlock, you are essentially admitting guilt and waiving the right to an ALR hearing. However, if you challenge revocation and lose, it may be many months before you are eligible for license reinstatement. It is crucial to discuss the specifics of your case with a lawyer who understands Nebraska DUI law.
Once you are arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), you are required by law to submit to a breath, blood or urine test. If you fail the test or refuse it, the officer confiscates your license and provides a 15-day driving permit. You have 15 days to (a) request a hearing or (b) request an ignition interlock device. If you fail to act within the time limit, your license will simply be revoked for the statutory period. (See DUI Laws and Penalties.)
By contacting us as early as possible, we can assist you in determining whether you should fight the administrative revocation. Our skilled lawyers are trained in challenging DUI evidence to position clients for dismissed or reduced charges, acquittal at trial or success in license revocation hearings.
The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will hold a hearing within 20 days of your request. If you win the hearing the Director will return your license to you and you will be allowed to drive while your DUI case is pending.
We have prevailed in DMV revocation hearings and in DUI criminal proceedings. Call (402) 817-6550 or contact us online to talk to our Nebraska suspended driver’s license attorneys. We maintain offices in Lincoln and Omaha.