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When you are arrested and charged with driving under the influence, you will face a number of consequences, including the possibility of having your driver’s license suspended. This can severely restrict your ability to do things that would have otherwise been perfectly normal, such as go to the grocery store, go to work, or even take a trip to the movie theaters. Because losing this freedom can be so restrictive and difficult to live with, it is strongly advised that you retain a Walnut Creek DUI attorney to help you with your DUI hearing.

At the Cardoza Law Offices, Inc., we can provide you with top-quality DUI defense that places your best outcome at the forefront of our advice and defense. We are motivated by your success, and work hard to help you clear your name and maintain your freedoms to the best of your ability after you have been charged with a DUI. Attorney Cardoza and his skilled team have accrued numerous industry accolades for their excellence in and out of the courtroom, including selection to Super Lawyers®, a perfect 10.0 Superb rating from Avvo, and selection as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers.

Call Cardoza Law Offices today at 925.274.2900 to schedule your free consultation and get top-quality counsel for your DUI defense!

How Long Is My License Suspension?

Unlike most other types of crimes, a license suspension for a DUI is not triggered by the court, but rather by the DMV itself once the judge informs them upon your conviction. Your license will not be immediately suspended upon your arrest, but you will have only 10 days to request a DMV hearing and fight to keep your driving privilege. You should always retain an attorney when facing this hearing to give yourself the best possible chance at a positive outcome.

License suspensions for a DUI conviction include:

  • 1st offense: Six months (guilty plea) or four months (DMV hearing loss). Eligible for restricted license.
  • 2nd offense: Two years. Eligible for restricted license.
  • 3rd offense: Three years. Ineligible for a restricted license.
  • Refusing to submit to a BAC test: One year. Ineligible for a restricted license.

Restricted Licenses

If you are convicted of a DUI for a first or second time, then you may be eligible to obtain a restricted license and maintain your driving privilege in a limited capacity. These license allow you to drive solely to your place of employment and to any required alcohol classes, but nowhere else. You may also be required to install an ignition interlock device in your car before you will be granted this license.

Do you need defense assistance for your trial or DMV hearing? Don’t hesitate to contact the Cardoza Law Offices, Inc. online now!