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License suspension after arrest for driving under the influence

A California driver who is arrested for DUI will typically be handed an order of suspension, along with a temporary license. Many drivers realize how a suspended driver's license could have an adverse impact on their day to day lives, but have little or no knowledge of how to proceed. Those who are not prepared to walk this road alone may benefit from consulting with an attorney who is experienced in defending motorists who have been arrested for driving under the influence.

Motorists may find that all is not lost as they have the opportunity to apply for a hearing with the DMV. However, there is a time restriction, and this request must be made within 10 days. The suspension or revocation will be reviewed, and if it is found that there were no justification for the action, the order will be dismissed. However, if it is found that the order was justified, your driving privileges will be suspended.

The notice of suspension will allow you to continue driving for 30 days if you have a California driver's license that has not expired or been revoked for another reason. If you willingly underwent breath and/or blood alcohol tests after your arrest, and the results showed your blood alcohol content to exceed the legal limit of .08 percent, your age will affect your punishment in cases where prosecutors can prove their allegations in a court. If your age is 21 or older, and you have not had a DUI offense previously, your driving privileges may be suspended for four months. In contrast, previous offenses during the past 10 years may lead to a full year's suspension. The legal limit for drivers under the age of 21 is .01 percent and may result in a 1-year suspension, regardless of whether it is a first offense.

Drivers in California who are having to cope with a driver's license suspension after being arrested for driving under the influence may want to visit our DUI defense website. Having an experienced legal representative could prove to be invaluable. The circumstances of the arrest will be considered, and your legal rights will be explained and protected. Effective defense may ensure the best possible outcome.

Source: dmv.ca.gov, "Arrest for Driving Under the Influence DUI General Information", , Sept. 26, 2014

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