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What is the difference between a suspension and revocation?

This Wisconsin drunk driving defense legal blog has previously discussed how a driver's license may be suspended or revoked if he is convicted of a DUI or alcohol-based driving offense. Though each has to do with the loss of the driver's license for a period of time, this post will look a little more closely at what it means to have one's driver's license suspended or revoked for drunk driving.

Many driving actions can result in the suspension of a driver's license. Not all of those actions have to do with alleged drinking and driving, and in some jurisdictions a person can have his license suspended for offenses that arise off of the road. When a person's license is suspended he cannot operate a vehicle for the period of time stipulated in his sentence.

A license revocation can also arise from a variety of offenses, but the loss of the individual's license under a revocation is potentially permanent. Individuals who have their licenses revoked must apply to have their driving privileges reinstated, but, depending upon the offense for which the license was revoked, reinstatement may not be possible. Drivers who amass many drunk driving convictions may see their licenses revoked and long durations of time during which they are disallowed from petitioning to reestablish their driving rights.

Both license revocation and a license suspension deprive a driver of his right to operate a vehicle. Though some drivers are able to secure occupational licenses during their periods of suspension or revocation, others are not and are forced to perform the responsibilities of their lives without adequate and readily available transportation. Individuals facing license suspension or revocation due to DUI charges may wish to discuss their options with drunk driving defense attorneys to see how they can defend themselves and, hopefully, retain their driving privileges.

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