There are potentially two DUI suspensions with a first offense or .08 B.A case in Vista and all of California, one as a result of the DMV for driving with a .08 B.A. (blood alcohol level) or more which is 4 months. This can be challenged by setting a hearing within 10 days of your arrest. The other for a DUI conviction. However, after one month of actual suspension from by the DMV, this 4 month suspension can be converted to a work and DUI program restriction for 5 months as long as your license was in good standing and you were 21 or over when arrested. The conviction suspension is also able to be converted to a restriction without a waiting period, but with similar requirements.
In order to get the restriction from the DUI suspensions, you need to wait 30 days from the start of the DMV suspension, be enrolled in the California DUI program, have an SR-22 insurance form on file, go to DMV and pay a $125 reissue fee. Once the DMV verifies proof of school enrollment and SR-22 on file, they will take the reissue fee and issue a restricted license. There is a second suspension triggered automatically by the conviction, this suspension is immediately curable with a restriction and payment of a reissue fee as long as you are in compliance with the DMV Per Se Hearing restriction requirements.
There are a number of scenarios depending on age, prior record or suspensions which may change the license eligibility requirements and you should contact an experienced DUI Defense attorney like Christoiph Law Offices at 760-670-3885 for a free consultation and evaluation of your individual circumstances. Attorneys Nicholas and William Christoph have handled over 3000 DUI cases in over 40 years of combined experience. Located across from Vista Courts for over 30 years, they have dealt with the local Judges and prosecutors on a daily basis and can help you achieve the best result in your case.