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DUI arrest could result in license suspension

Dale Gribow Feb. 19, 2015

Being arrested for a DUI in California can be a terrifying experience, especially when you don’t know what to expect. The steps taken after an arrest are critical to your case, especially if your license was suspended or revoked. First-time offenders who are 21 or older and who took a urine, breath, or blood test to determine their blood alcohol content level will likely have their license suspended for four months if their results showed a .08% BAC or higher. Those who have multiple DUI offenses within 10 years will have their license suspended for one year.

Once you are arrested, police officers are required to forward a sworn report, test results, copies of any licenses taken and a copy of the completed notice of revocation or suspension form to the DMV. There may be an administrative review determining whether the suspension or revocation should be upheld or set aside. If it is upheld, you may contest the decision, but to do so you must seek aa hearing within 10 days from receipt of the suspension or revocation order.

If your license was confiscated at the time of your arrest, you will get your license back at the end of your suspension or revocation, assuming that you pay a fee of $125 the DMV and provide proof of financial responsibility. It is important to note that the DMV suspension or revocation of your license is different from the suspension or revocation that may come after a conviction in criminal court. The DMV may impose sanctions that have nothing to do with criminal penalties that come after being convicted of a DUI in criminal court.

The criminal court may also take action to suspend or revoke your license, fine you or put you in jail as a result of your conviction. This is why it is necessary to know about the consequences you may face and defend against them in the best way possible.