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What happens to your license after a California DUI arrest?

On Behalf of | Oct 12, 2020 | DUI

The stress and embarrassment of getting pulled over and then arrested for impaired driving and the potential criminal consequences of a driving under the influence (DUI) charge are often the problems that people focus on the most after there arrest.

However, the practical impact of losing your license because of a DUI charge can be one of the most disastrous consequences for those accused of impaired driving. Not being able to legally drive could mean chronic tardiness at work, which could affect your job stability. It can also put your family at risk if your children or loved ones rely on you to transport them to places, such as necessary medical appointments.

What happens with your license after a DUI arrest?

The officer might take your license when they arrest you

It is relatively standard for officers conducting a DUI traffic stop to take the license of the person they arrest and not give it back. They also have an obligation to send a report to the California DMV to ensure the administrative suspension of your license.

After an impaired-driving arrest, you are subject to a temporary suspension of your license until you go to court. This typically starts 30 days after the order of suspension unless you physically no longer have your license.

You will typically need to either defeat the charges or convince the courts that losing your license poses a significant hardship.

You could lose your license for much longer after you do go to court

If you plead guilty or if the courts convict you of an impaired driving offense, the mandatory suspension of your license is just one of the consequences you will have to deal with. A first-time DUI offender could potentially lose their license for four months, while those facing a second or subsequent DUI charge will likely lose their license for a year.

Defending against impaired driving allegations or going to court to ask for your license back can be a difficult task that necessitates professional help. Getting the right support and advice can increase your chances of securing a positive outcome.