Suspended Driver's License?

Let Our Long Beach DUI Lawyers Contest Your Suspension

If you are charged with DUI in California, your driver's license will be suspended immediately, how long it may be suspended depends on a number of factors. The best thing you can do after your arrest is to contact a Long Beach DUI attorney who can work to protect your ability to drive and fight your DUI charges.

When facing the serious consequences of a DUI including a license suspension, you want experienced, high-quality legal advice and representation. The Law Offices of Damone & Schroeder has been practicing criminal law in California for almost 40 years and are AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell®. All this means we have a high standing in the legal community and a track-record of successful cases—all of which we can use for your DUI case.

Why was my license suspended?

Once arrested, an officer will confiscate your license and it will normally not be returned to you until after the suspension period is over and you pay the relevant fees. You will have 10 days to request a hearing with the DMV if you wish to contest your license suspension. If you are successful at the hearing, your license will be reinstated. This, however, does not mean your DUI charge will be dismissed.

You can also lose your license for refusing to submit to a chemical test:

  • Your first such offense will lead to a year-long suspension
  • A second offense within 10 years brings a 2-years revocation
  • A third offense in 10 years brings a 3-year revocation

If your license is suspended, you may be able to apply for a restricted license which will permit to drive to certain locations such as work, school, or substance abuse programs. You can request a restricted license from a DMV field office.

Can I get my license back?

At your DMV hearing, our DUI attorney can contest the reasons for the suspension of your license and work to have it reinstated. We understand how important your ability to drive is and we can work to show that you were not apprised of what a refusal to submit to a chemical test would result in by the officer. We can even challenge the reason for your DUI stop in the first place and if police acted improperly, your entire charge could be thrown out.

What happens if you drive with a suspended license?

California laws have become harsher in cases of a person driving with a suspended license or with no license at all. The California Senate passed Bill 1758, which requires your car to be impounded for 30 days if you are caught driving without proper licensing. Even if you had only loaned your car to a person with a suspended license, you yourself can be charged with a misdemeanor. In order to reclaim your car, you will have to pay any towing and storage charges, which can come to more than $1,000. This can create a very difficult situation for you if you require a car for your work.

Free Consultation From Our Long Beach DUI Attorneys

If you are charged with the crime of DUI, then you could face license suspension for up to one year for a first offense. It is important that you take the necessary precautions in order to help keep your driver's license. As you can see, the penalties for conviction of driving without a license can be severe. Contact our firm today to discuss your situation and to begin the process of retaining the legal assistance that you need in your case to defend your rights.

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