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Christoph Law Offices, DUI & Criminal Defense
Christoph Law Offices, DUI & Criminal Defense


  • Top Lawyers - San Diego Magazine
  • Former Deputy San Diego City Attorney
  • Former USMC Captain
  • Located Directly Across From Vista Courthouse
  • Over 150 Five Star Reviews on Google and Yelp

Attorneys William R. Christoph & Nicholas W. Christoph

When a DUI Leads to Driver’s License Suspension

Last updated on November 1, 2023

Please our blog post on DUI license suspension law changes that took place in 2019.

If you are arrested for DUI in California, the state will file a criminal DUI case against you, and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will begin an administrative proceeding against you to suspend your driving privilege. Your driver’s license could be automatically suspended in 30 days unless you or your attorney request an administrative hearing within 10 days of your arrest.

But how do you request a hearing? And what do you look for in the reports? What do you do at the hearing once it’s scheduled? We can help. Over the last 40+ years, Christoph Law Offices, servicing Vista and surrounding areas, has handled more than 4,000 Driving Under the Influence cases, from first offenses to prior DUI offenses (in the past 10 years), felony DUIs with multiple priors, DUI with accident or injury and DUI manslaughter.

A Reputation for Excellence as DUI Defense Attorneys

We are a father-son team that is well known and respected at the Vista Courthouse and in the criminal defense community in San Diego County. Attorney William Christoph is a former USMC captain, Deputy San Diego City Attorney and Judge Pro Tem, and one of the longest practicing criminal defense attorneys in San Diego. He has the highest possible peer review rating in both legal ability and legal ethics, the Martindale-Hubbell AV rating.*

Christoph Law Offices has been across from the Vista Courthouse for 40+ years, where they have dealt on a daily basis with local district attorneys, judges, and law enforcement. Over the last 15 years, Nicholas Christoph has also handled many misdemeanor DUIs, DUIs with priors and felony DUI cases. He is a respected DUI defense lawyer, and is well-versed in handling related DMV matters, including driver’s license suspension cases.

We Can Defend You if Your Suspension Is DUI-Related

Driving on a suspended license is a serious misdemeanor and can result in vehicle impoundment, jail, large fines, points on your license and additional suspension. There are ways to get charges dismissed or reduced to lesser offenses or reduced penalties. Some of them are technical and based on the type and imposition of any suspension; others involve addressing underlying causes of the suspension.

If you were stopped for driving on a suspended license because of a DUI, you face your vehicle being impounded, a minimum of 10 days in jail up to six months, large fines, and an ignition Breathalyzer just to start your car for one to three years, even if there was no alcohol involved in your stop for driving on a DUI suspended license.

Nicholas Christoph and William Christoph have handled hundreds of suspended license cases and can tell you what needs to be done to get the best resolution of your case. They have extensive experience dealing with the DMV and licensing issues, as well as the local courts. They will provide you with an honest and realistic legal analysis of your case and handle all the court appearances for you.

Discuss Your Case With Us Today

If you have been arrested for a drunk driving offense, contact Christoph Law Offices 24/7 at 760-670-3885 for a free initial consultation. We accept major credit cards and payment plans are available, and are located directly across from the Vista Courthouse and jail.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.

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