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I was arrested for a DUI, do I lose my license?

Posted by David Jones on Nov 22, 2021

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When someone  gets arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in California, they not only have a criminal case to deal with — they also have to fight the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The moment they are taken into custody, the law enforcement officer will swap their driver's license with a 30-day temporary one.

Defendants then have to contact the DMV within ten days of the arrest to request a DMV Hearing at the Drivers Safety Office – which is like a small-scale trial – to argue against the license suspension. When defendants hire a criminal defense attorney right away, the lawyer can request this hearing and appear on their behalf to present evidence and cross-examine witnesses like the arresting officer.

Note that first-time offenders who do lose the DMV hearing can usually continue driving as follow a few steps to get their driving privileges  reinstated.

David Jones

David E. Jones is a Central Valley area DUI and criminal defense attorney who represents those accused of DUI and other crimes in both state and federal court. Mr. Jones has practiced criminal law throughout Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare counties since 1996. Mr. Jones was a Deputy District Attorney for Fresno County 12 years and has been an instructor for the Police Academy for over 10 years. He is an experienced and respected trial attorney.

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