Blew over the limit – What will happen to my license?


One of the most common questions I get as a DWI attorney in St. Louis comes from people who recently got a first-time DUI arrest, and blew over the legal limit of .08%.

As a DWI lawyer, I fight vigorously to defend my clients’ licenses when they are facing suspensions for blowing over the limit. Contact me if you are facing a suspension, revocation, or denial of your license so that we can discuss how I challenge the system and protect the rights and licenses of my clients at every step of the process.

If you don’t challenge the Department of Revenue, your license will be suspended 15 days after your arrest. The suspension is a minimum of 90 days, however, you have the option to serve it in one of two ways:

Option 1 (hard-walk followed by hardship)

  • 30-day hard-walk – the first 30 days of the suspension you are not allowed to drive or operate a motor vehicle.
  • 60-day hardship – the 60 days that follow the “hard-walk” you are able to drive to and from work, school, healthcare, childcare, and other important matters.

Option 2 (immediate restricted)

  • 90-day restricted driving privilege (requires Ignition Interlock device) – you are able to drive to and from work, school, healthcare, childcare, and other important matters for the duration of the suspension period.

Regardless of the Suspension option you choose to serve, in order to reinstate you will be required to complete SATOP, pay a reinstatement fee, and obtain an SR-22 Insurance rider.

Author Bio

Matt Jet

Matt Jett is the CEO and Managing Partner of Jett Legal, a Missouri personal injury law firm. With more than 10 years of experience in personal injury, he has zealously represented clients in various legal matters, including car and truck accidents, workers’ compensation, wrongful death, and other cases.

Matt received his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and is a member of the Missouri Bar Association. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including the Rising Stars distinction by Super Lawyers 2019-2022.

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