DUI and DMV Suspensions depend on the facts of the case and the disposition of the criminal case. Initially when arrested for DUI by law enforcement, an individual is assigned a Court date to face the criminal charge of Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and/or drugs and given a notice on a pink sheet of an alcohol administrative DMV suspension case separate from the criminal case.
The DUI and DMV Supensions include both the administrative alcohol supension and the suspension triggered by a criminal DUI conviction. The administrative pink sheet suspension for a first offense is for 4 months if age 21 or over and 1 year if under 21. That Notice of Suspension is also a Temporary license for 30 days if your license was valid at the time of the arrest. You only have 10 days to set a hearing to challenge the suspension or you waive the hearing and the suspension is automatic. This 4 month supension can be converted to a 1 month suspension and 5 month restriction for work and the DUI Program after the first 30 days of suspension if you have on file with DMV an SR-22 insurance form (emailed by your insurance company to Sacramento) and are enrolled in the approved DUI program. You would still have to go to the DMV and pay a reissue fee to get the restricted license.
In addition, there is another 6 month suspension imposed if there is a DUI conviction. These suspensions can run at the same time. There is no waiting periord to convert the conviction suspension to a “restricted license” if you have the SR-22, proof of DUI program enrollment and pay an additional re-issue fee.
It is important to contact a DUI attorney if you find yourself facing DUI and DMV Suspensions to better understand the requirements and limitations concerning your driving privilege and possible criminal case resolutions. Call Christoph Law Offices at 760-941-5720 for a free consultation. Across from Vista Courts for over 34 years, we provide the highest level of personal DUI representation.