Q: If I get charged with a DUI, will my license be suspended immediately or only after a conviction?
A: In North Carolina it is DWI. Your license to drive or at least your privilege to drive in North Carolina (if you are licensed out of state) will be suspended at the time you are charged - generally speaking for 30 days. This is called a civil revocation. If you are processed properly, you will receive written notice of that fact. If eligible, you can apply for a limited driving privilege after 10 days to carry you through the remaining 20 days of the initial civil revocation suspension or you can simply wait the 30 days, pay the civil revocation fee and drive unrestricted (assuming your license was valid when charged) until you are convicted.
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