Did you know that if you are arrested for driving under the influence, or DUI, in Omaha Nebraska your license could immediately be confiscated by the law enforcement officer who arrested you? Omaha Administrative License Revocation, or ALR, law permits the arresting officer in a DUI to confiscate your license and forward it to the Department of Motor Vehicles for revocation. He will then issue a temporary license that is good for 15 days. If your license has been revoked as a result of a DUI arrest it may be possible to restore your driving privileges with the assistance of an experienced Omaha DUI attorney. However, you only have 10 days to prevent this automatic revocation.
Omaha DUI attorney Thomas M. Petersen of Petersen Law Office may be able to help if your driving privileges have been suspended or revoked as a result of a DUI arrest or conviction. At Petersen Law Office we defend and protect individuals who have been charged with a DUI offense. We serve the Omaha metro areas including Cass County and Sarpy County, Nebraska. Contact the office today to arrange for your free initial consultation and evaluation. We can be reached by calling 402-393-8080 or by filling out our online contact form.
Omaha Administrative License Revocation Law in Action
Omaha’s ALR law allows a law enforcement officer, under certain conditions, to confiscate your license when you are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence. If the officer believes you have been drinking, or are otherwise impaired, he or she will ask you to perform a number of field sobriety tests. If you fail the field sobriety tests the officer will ask you to submit to a more definitive blood, breath, or urine test. If you refuse to take this test, or you submit to the test but fail, your license can be immediately confiscated and you may be given a temporary license that is good for 15 days. At the end of the 15 day period your license is officially revoked by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
If you refused the blood, breath, or urine test your driver’s license is revoked for one year. If you took the test but failed your license is revoked for 180 days if this is your first DUI arrest. If you have a previous DUI conviction within the preceding 15 years your license will be revoked for one year for failing the test.
If your license has been revoked pursuant to the ALR law you have a right to request an administrative hearing to contest the revocation. At the hearing you would need to prove that you did not refuse the test or that you did not fail the test. In lieu of an administrative hearing you may also be eligible for an Ignition Interlock Restricted Permit which requires you to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle for the duration of the permit.
At Petersen Law Office we understand that most people depend on the ability to drive to get to work, school, and other important appointments. For many people, the loss of their driving privileges leads to financial hardship for the entire family. Our Omaha DUI team will pursue all avenues available to prevent your license from revocation or to get your license reinstated if it has been revoked or suspended. For a free initial consultation and evaluation of your drunk driving case, contact the team today by calling 402-393-8080 or fill out our online contact form.