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Charged with DUI? New Driver's License Suspensions Are Coming

If you are charged with DUI in Mississippi, you not only face potential jail time and fines, but you also face the potential suspension of your driver's license (DL).

Below are the current DL suspension times for various types of DUI convictions:

  1. DUI - First Offense: ninety (90) day suspension of driver's license and until the person has attended and successfully completed an alcohol safety education program;

  2. DUI - Second Offense: one (1) year suspension of driver's license;

  3. DUI - Third Offense (felony): three (3) year suspension of driver's license;

          If you have been charged with DUI (alcohol), you can choose to surrender your license, install an ignition interlock device on every vehicle you drive, and obtain an interlock-restricted driver's license instead of suffering a suspension of your driving privileges. Before you can obtain a regular unrestricted driver's license, you must have had both a restricted driver's license and the ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle for the length of time the suspension would have lasted.

          During the recent legislative session, the Mississippi legislature amended the current DUI law.  The bill is due to be signed by the Governor within two weeks, and it will take effect October 1, 2016.  When it takes effect, a DUI conviction will still result in a person's driver's license being suspended, but with a few notable changes.  The amended changes are highlighted, as follows:

  1. DUI - First Offense: one hundred twenty (120) day suspension of driver's license and until the person has attended and successfully completed an alcohol safety education program;

  2. DUI - Second Offense: one (1) year suspension of driver's license;

  3. DUI - Third Offense (felony): three (3) year suspension of driver's license;

  4. DUI - Fourth Offense (felony): ten (10) year suspension of driver's license;

When the new law takes effect, a person will still be able to obtain an ignition-interlock restricted driver's license on a DUI (alcohol) conviction instead of suffering through a suspension of their driving privileges.  All of these suspensions are considered to be administrative, and are directed by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

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