License suspension or revocation is a high possibility
if you are convicted of a DUI. Under a procedure called administrative
license suspension, licenses are taken before conviction when a driver fails
or refuses to take a chemical test.
Because suspension laws are independent of criminal procedures and are invoked right
after arrest, they've been found to be more effective than traditional
post-conviction sanctions. Administrative license suspension laws are in
place in 41 states and the District of Columbia.
Some offenders in 46 states and the District of Columbia
are permitted to drive only if their vehicles have been equipped with ignition
interlocks. These devices analyze a driver's breath and disable the
ignition if the driver has been drinking.
In 32 states, multiple offenders may have to forfeit
Laws prohibiting the driver, passengers, or both from
possessing an open container of alcohol in the passenger compartment of a
vehicle are in place in 43 states and the District of Columbia.