In the State of Mississippi, if you are arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, your driver’s license is automatically suspended. You can dispute the suspension of your license through a DMV hearing, however, you must request the hearing within 10 days of your arrest. Failure to do so would prevent you from challenging the suspension of your license for the remainder of the time that your license is due to be suspended. How long your license is suspended depends on whether this is your first, second, third or subsequent DUI arrest.
When you obtain a Mississippi driver’s license through the DMV, you automatically give implied consent to any chemical testing that an officer requests if he or she believes you are driving under the influence of alcohol. While you do technically have the right to refuse chemical testing, there are consequences for doing so.
The officer who arrested you will confiscate your license and serve you with a notice of your license suspension. He or she will then issue you a temporary driving permit that is only valid for thirty days following your arrest.
If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI in Mississippi, you only have ten days to challenge your license suspension. Losing your driving privileges can make life exceptionally difficult for you. Contact the Law Firm of Ross, Kelley & Martin, PLLC immediately to begin preparing your defense for the DMV hearing. Time is of the essence – do not wait!