License Suspension

License Suspension for DUI

Understand California's DUI Penalties

If you were arrested for driving under the influence, then one of the penalties you could face is suspension of your driver's license, preventing you from getting back behind the wheel.

Suspension is initiated by a criminal arrest, but is carried out by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), making license suspension a civil matter.

You have 10 days to request a DMV hearing.
This is your only opportunity to contest the suspension of your license and protect your driving privileges, so act now. Call our firm today to get started.

How Long Will My License Be Suspended?

Penalties differ in proportion with the offense. For a first arrest for DUI (if you took the chemical test) your license could be suspended for four months. DUI suspension lengths in California are:

  • 4-month suspensionFirst offense
  • 1-year suspensionSecond and subsequent offenses

For drivers who refuse to take the breath, blood, or urine test after a DUI arrest, or are under the age of 21 at the time of arrest, their license could be suspended for:

  • 1-year suspensionFirst offense
  • 2-year revocationSecond offense within 10 years
  • 3-year revocationThird offense within 10 years

Order of Suspension and Temporary License

If you are arrested for drunk driving, the arresting officer will take your driver's license and issue an order of suspension in addition to a temporary license. This temporary license is good only until A) the listed expiration date, or B) the result of your DMV hearing. The notice of suspension will have all the information you need about petitioning for a DMV administrative license hearing.

Petitioning for a Restricted License

If you are unable to get your driving privileges restored, you may be able to petition for restricted driving privileges. This does not necessitate a hearing. It also cannot be discussed or decided at the DMV hearing. This requires a separate appointment at the DMV. If granted, the restricted license allows the offender to drive to and from work only.

California Vehicle Code § 14601

It is illegal to drive while your driving privileges are suspended or revoked per VC § 14601. If you are convicted of a violation of this code, you can receive a jail sentence of five days to six months as well as a fine of $300 – $1,000.

If you were arrested for driving under the influence in Los Angeles, contact the DUI defense lawyers at Gold & Witham. With more than 40 years of experience and proven defense methods on our side, Gold & Witham has what it takes to fight your license suspension.

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