If a law enforcement officer has reason to believe a driver is impaired, a set of field sobriety tests will be administered. If the driver performs poorly on the field sobriety tests then the driver will be arrested for DWI or BWI.
- The driver is asked to take a breath or blood test to measure his/her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level.
- The driver is served a notice that his/her driver license will be suspended if he/she refuses to take or fails the field sobriety test. (Registering a 0.08 BAC or greater is considered failing.) The individual then has 15 days from the date the suspension notice is served to request a hearing.
- If a hearing is not requested, the suspension goes into effect on the 40th day after the notice was served. (This is usually 40 days after the arrest.)
- For various reasons, including delayed or missing paperwork, the 40 days can be retroactive or back-dated from the date of notice.
- The law enforcement officer will take the individual’s driver license and issue a temporary driving permit.
- A $125 Reinstatement fee is required prior to the renewal or issuance of a driver license.