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Mississippi DUI arrests trigger what is known as the 10-day rule for driver's license issues. In Mississippi, if you either refused to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test or you gave a test where the results were .08 or higher, the state will attempt to suspend your license or privilege to drive for 90 days to one year. You have 10 days to appeal that to Department of Motor Vehicles. If you’ve been arrested in Mississippi you should contact an experienced attorney right away.

Mississippi DUI or drunk driving arrests trigger two separate cases: the court case, where a DUI conviction can result in fines, jail time, mandatory alcohol education programs, and more; and the Department of Motor Vehicles case, where the DMV is trying to take away the driver's license of anyone arrested for drunk driving.

Drunk driving defense is a specialized area. Let one of the qualified DUI LAWS attorneys find a solution to your legal problem if you, or someone you care about, has been arrested for DUI or DWI. Contact a Mississippi DUI LAWS lawyer near you for a free consultation by calling 1.800.DUI.LAWS.

Mississippi DUI law makes it illegal to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, or while having a blood alcohol level of .08% or more. For persons under 21, having a blood alcohol level of .02% or more will run afoul of Mississippi drinking and driving laws. For those driving commercial vehicles, the legal limit is .04%.

Mississippi drunk driving arrests trigger administrative license revocations, meaning that when someone is arrested in Mississippi and has a blood alcohol content of .08% or greater, their driver's license will be taken away on the spot, and can only be saved by making a timely request of the Mississippi DMV.

Mississippi DUI arrests trigger what is known as the "10-day rule" for driver's license issues. In Mississippi, if you either refused to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test, or you gave a test where the results were .08% or higher, the state will attempt to suspend your license or privilege to drive for 90 days to one year. This attempt to take away your right to drive will occur PRIOR to any criminal trial for DUI (in most cases) and will be automatically entered against you unless you file a test refusal petition within 10 calendar days after the mailing of a notice of letter of intent to suspend. Filing a test refusal petition does not postpone the suspension. The license you receive when there has been a refusal to take a state-administered test is valid for only forty-five (45) days from the date of the arrest. This license cannot be renewed or extended for any period of time. The test refusal hearing is an informal hearing. There will not be a jury. The decision will be announced at the administrative hearing to agree with the State to suspend your license or to return it to you. The hearing is needed to determine if you will be able to retain your driving privileges until the end of your DUI case or if you will lose the right to drive in Mississippi prior to your trial. In addition, this hearing offers a great opportunity to cross-examine the officer under oath about the facts of your case.

Criminal penalties in Mississippi drunk driving cases are quite harsh. There is a 5-year "washout" rule, meaning that prior DUI offenses cannot be used to trigger multiple-offender punishment after five years have elapsed. Third-offense DUI cases (within 5 years) are treated as felonies in Mississippi. Vehicle impoundment and forfeiture laws are also on the books for Mississippi DUI cases.

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Zero Tolerance For Minors (Under 21)

First Offense (Under 21)

Second Offense (Under 21)

Third Offense (Under 21)

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Adult Offenses (Over 21)

First Offense (Over 21)

Second Offense Within 5 Years (Over 21)

Third Offense Within 5 Years (Over 21)

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DUI Resulting In Death Or Disfigurement

License Reinstatement

Hardship License

(Available Only To First Time Offenders Who Take The Intoxilyzer Test.)

Only Available For Reasons Of:

Refusal Penalties

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Mississippi Driver's Rights Card

A prominent Mississippi DUI lawyer has created the Driver's Rights Card, specifically tailored to Mississippi DUI law. It is recommended that all Mississippi drivers print this page and keep it with them, to be presented to a police officer in the event of a traffic stop for suspected drunk driving.

Please note: Laws change frequently and thus the information provided should not be relied upon as legal advice. To be certain, contact a criminal defense attorney for a legal assistance. 1800DUILAWS.com is not liable for any misinformation that users obtain from using this site.