DUI license suspensions during the pandemic have become more difficult to manage. With DUI alcohol arrests, there are two possible driver’s license suspensions that need to be addressed. There is the pink sheet DMV administrative suspension and the suspension resulting from conviction of a DUI charge.
The DMV administrative pink sheet 4 month DUI license suspensions during the pandemic is for 21 or older first Offense DUI starts 30 days after the arrest for driving with .08 BA (Blood Alcohol) or more or test refusal unless a DMV hearing is requested within 10 days of the arrest, then the suspension can be delayed pending a hearing with DMV which is usually set 60-90 days after the arrest.
There is also a 6 month suspension for a first offense DUI conviction. These two suspensions can run concurrently (at the same time) if the start dates can be coordinated. This was not a major problem prior to the pandemic Court delays. Now Court dates are set 3 -4 months out instead of 30-60 days before the pandemic. This is well past the DMV Hearing dates and possible DMV suspension. It may be possible to request the Court give credit for the DMV suspension period by back dating the Court suspension to the earlier date or trying to continue the DMV Hearing. This still has to be determined whether backdating Court convictions will be authorized.
There are still problems in being able to appear in Court on DUI cases, get referrals to DUI programs and get restrcted license requirements to DMV to get that restricted license. Things are changing on a daily basis as far as procedures for Court, programs and DMV. Contacting a DUI Defense Attorney can help you understand what is happening, expedite your case and get the best resolution possible. Call Christoph Law Offices for a free consultation at 760-518-3720, for over 38 years across from Vista Courts, providing the highest level of personal and professional DUI Defense.