When you get behind the wheel of a car while you are intoxicated, anything can happen. When you are charged with a DUI, you may realize that the penalties can have a direct effect on your life in many ways. One of these ways is the fact that you could lose your driving privileges. Typically, this happens in a temporary fashion when the court orders the license to be revoked or suspended, or the state motor vehicles department decides to suspend your license. If you refused to take a BAC test, your license will always be suspended automatically.
If you were a first time offender, you may have the chance to get your driving privileges restored after as little as 90 days. However, there may be restrictions, such as only driving to work. If you had a prior conviction, the penalties will, of course, be much harsher. In California, according to the California DMV website, your license will be suspended for about 6 months before you are permitted to get it reinstated after charged with a DUI.
If your license was suspended due to a DUI, you may be eligible for a restricted license. However, there are parameters that must be met. These include the following:
- Your only DUI offense within ten years
- Results of your chemical test showing a BAC of 0.08% or more
- Being 21 years old or older at the time of your arrest
However, if you want to qualify for a restricted license, you must first enroll in a licensed DUI First Offender Program. You will have this license for 5 months if accepted, and will only be able to drive to and from work, as well as driving to and from the location of your DUI program.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, this will determine how you can go about reinstating your license. Here are the requirements you must meet:
- Fulfilling your suspension period
- Serving your prison sentence
- Paying a driver’s license reissue fee
- Paying any court fees
- Completing your DUI program
- Submitting proof of insurance
After a DUI, getting your license back is not always an easy task. However, circumstances may make life difficult to go without a license for an extended period of time. It is in your best interest to speak to an experienced defense attorney today. Give us a call at The Law Office of Peter Blair to find out how we can be of assistance.