When you get arrested for a first time DUI in California, not only is your personal freedom at stake, but also your driver’s license. The follow may happen once you are arrested.
First Time DUI in California
The cop at some point is going to take your drives license away. When this happens, the cop will give you a pink slip o f paper. This pink slip of paper is your temporary license which is good for 30 days. It is also your notice that you have 10 days to schedule an administrative hearing with the DMV.
This administrative hearing, or an “administrative per se” hearing, is your opportunity to try and contest the validity of the arrest and save your license. The hearing entails presenting evidence and cross-examining the officer who cited you. You will need an attorney to argue on your behalf. If the hearing officer rules in your favor, then your license will not be suspended. However, if you lose the hearing, your license will be suspended for 4-6 months. This period of time is called the administrative suspension.
DUI Restricted License
If you lose your hearing, you can still seek a restricted license after 30 days into the suspension. A restricted license will allow you to commute to work or any necessary DUI classes. If you get a restricted license, you will be able to drive for these limited purposes for the remaining balance of the suspension period.
Once the suspension period is over, you can get your license reinstated. However, keep in mind that if you are convicted or plead to a Vehicle Code Section 23152 (DUI), your license will be suspended again for another 6 months.
California DUI Defense Lawyers
In California having your driver’s license suspended can mean the loss of your job as well as the inability to properly care for your children. Who will take them to school and to medical appointments? How will you get to the grocery store or your medical appointments? Nobody accused of a DUI should give up their driving privilege without hiring a lawyer to fight for them.
Our California DUI defense lawyers from Wallin & Klarich have been in practice for over 30 years and have defended thousands of clients in their DUI matters. We can help you through your ordeal with the criminal court and also appear for your DMV hearing. Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245. We will be there when you call.