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Loss of driving privileges after a DUI arrest

If you have been arrested for suspected drunk driving in California, you will want to understand the various penalties and processes that you must navigate. This can be very confusing because there are two primary entities involved in these. First, the courts will be responsible for any criminal accusations and consequences. Secondly, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has responsibility for administrative penalties related to your driving privileges. 

As explained by the DMV, after a driving under the influence arrest, you may be subject to either a revocation or suspension of your driver's license by the DMV itself. This has nothing to do with any subsequent loss of driving privileges that may be issued by the court. A hearing with the DMV will be held to review the facts of your case and it is at this hearing that the DMV will determine whether or not to uphold the automatic loss of driving privileges. You are eligible to dispute any revocation or suspension but must do so within a specified time period.

Even if you lose your license for some time, you may be able to file a request for a special license that allows you to drive to and from work or school. The length of your suspension or revocation may vary based upon your age and whether or not you have had any previous drunk driving offenses.

If you would like to learn more about any loss of your driving privileges after an arrest for alleged driving under the influence, please feel free to visit the driver's license suspension and revocation page of our California criminal defense webstie.



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