If you were arrested for
driving under the influence (DUI) in Orange County, one of your top concerns is going to be the fate
of your driver’s license. Southern California is a BIG place and
as all locals know, our driver’s license is
It’s nearly impossible to drive to and from work, and even our children’s
school without a valid driver’s license! That being said, let’s
take a look at what’s going to happen to your driver’s license
in the upcoming weeks and months.
When you were arrested for DUI, the arresting officer confiscated your
driver’s license. When will you get it back? Your driver’s
license will be given back to you after your
suspension or revocation period ends, providing you pay the Department of Motor Vehicles
(DMV) the $125 reissue fee, and you show the DMV proof of financial responsibility.
Order of Suspension & Temporary License
The police officer should have issued you an Order of Suspension and Temporary
License. This document allows you to drive for 30 days from the date you
received the Order of Suspension and Temporary License, assuming your
California driver’s license was valid and it was not expired, suspended,
or revoked for another reason not connected to the DUI.
Note: If you were arrested for DUI, you have 10 days from the date of your DUI
arrest to request a
DMV hearing to address your driver’s license suspension. We highly recommend
that you schedule this hearing as it gives you an opportunity to challenge
your driver’s license suspension. If you contact us, we can represent
you at this important hearing!
How Long Will My License be Suspended?
The suspension period depends on whether you took the chemical test (blood or breath) or not. For example, if you’re 21 or older and you took a chemical
test, and your
blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was .08% or more:
- Your license would be suspended for four months (first offense).
- Your license would be suspended for one year if it was a second or subsequent
offense within 10 years.
under 21-years-of-age and your BAC results showed any measurable alcohol in your system, your
license would be suspended automatically for
one year. Your license will also be suspended for one year if you are under 21 and you
refused a chemical test.
If you are 21 or older and you refused a chemical test, your license will
automatically suspended for
one year, even if you were not under the influence of alcohol or drugs at all.
For a second refusal within 10 years, your license will be suspended for
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