Salem DUI Attorney Marc Gunn

DMV License Suspension for DUI - Important Facts

DMV Suspension
First Ten Days After an Arrest are Critical

Information about the DMV suspension process is provided here only for educational purposes related to DUII laws in Oregon.

This information should not be interpreted as legal advice, nor substituted for the specific legal advice of an experienced attorney.



When arrested for DUII, you will typically face two separate and distinct legal problems: (1) the criminal charge, which is handled by the district attorney's office and the court system, and (2) a civil administrative license suspension which is handled by the DMV and the Office of Administrative Hearings.

Failure to request a hearing within 10 days after arrest will result in an automatic driver license suspension and preclude the ability to contest the suspension. A timely hearing request is absolutely critical to retain your driving privileges, and also provides valuable information and insight into the pending criminal charge.


The issues at a DMV hearing are technical, complex, and subtle. Without an experienced and knowledgeable attorney, DMV Hearings can be extremely difficult to win. However, with an attorney who specializes in DUII defense, your chances of success will increase significantly. Requesting a hearing to contest the implied consent suspension does not mean the suspension will be overturned. Rather, it means that one has a chance to overturn the suspension. It should be noted however, that even if you prevail at the DMV hearing, your driving privileges may still be suspended or revoked because of the separate criminal prosecution.