A DUI can cause a DUI license suspension if convicted of a DUI and/or the blood alcohol (B.A.) level is .08 or more if you are age 21 or more and it is a first offense. It is possible, however, to convert that 4 or 6 month suspesnion to a restricted license to and from and the course of employment and Court ordered programs. If you are under 21 years old or on probation for a DUI there is a zero tolerance and a license suspension for 1 year will be imposed. A critical need restricted license for work or school may be available for a first offense if you are under 21. There is no restriction for one year if you are on DUI probation at the time of a second arrest.
Plea bargaining in DUI cases in Vista Courts involves discussions with the District Attorney and can also include the Judge. This is a process where the Defense Attorney negotiates the clients case in order to resolve it in the best possible way based on the evidence and other factors. Settling a case avoids the risk and expense of a trial where the client could suffer a possible more serious conviction or greater penalties if convicted. If the Defendant is not getting a sufficient benefit from the settlement and has a good defense, then the case may proceed to a Jury trial where the risks vary with the facts of the case and the Defendants background or record.
Expungements in California refer to California Penal Code 1203.4 et seq. and can help clean up your record in many ways, including employment. An expungement in California is the withdrawal of a guilty plea and dismissal of the case for most purposes per California Penal Code 1203.4 et al. It is available on infractions, most misdemeanors and many felony convictions where there was no prison commit. The motion to expunge is filed, served on the D.A. and a Court hearing date can usually be set in 4-6 weeks in Vista Courts.