Does getting a DUI automatically result in a suspended license?

Driving is a privilege, not a legal right. In every state, drivers can have their license taken away if they are found guilty of behaviors that endanger the safety of other motorists. This includes driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The length of time you will have a suspended license for a DUI varies by state. Kansas, Kentucky, and Missouri will suspend your drivers license for just 30 days if you are a first time offender. Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia, however, take a much stricter approach to punishing drunk drivers and will pull your license for one year on the first offense.

Regardless of where they live, motorists can expect progressively harsher punishments for repeated DUI offenses. New Jersey drivers convicted of a DUI will have a suspended license for three months on the first offense, two years on the second offense, and ten years for the third offense. Vermont and Connecticut will permanently suspend the drivers license of a third time offender. 

In addition to a license suspension, drivers convicted of a DUI face a variety of other penalties. Jail time, fines, and community service may be imposed at the discretion of the judge. Vehicle confiscation and completion of a mandatory alcohol treatment program may be required as well.

Keep in mind that penalties for DUI apply to drivers who are found to have a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) above the legal limit for their state as well as those who refuse to submit to a BAC test requested by a law enforcement officer.

Some, but not, states require drivers to pay for the cost of having an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle after they have completed their drivers license suspension. This device measures the driver's BAC level and prevents the vehicle from starting if the driver is found to be intoxicated.

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