One of the most detrimental consequences of an arrest for
driving under the influence (DUI) is the resulting driver’s license suspension. A license suspension
can have an adverse impact on many different areas in your life, harming
your ability to hold down a job, attend medical appointments, or even
run routine errands on a daily basis.
How To Get Your License Back After A DUI In California
Fortunately, there are certain ways that you may be able to get your license
back – or even prevent it from being suspended in the first place.
Some steps include scheduling a DMV administrative hearing, applying for
a restricted license and requesting reinstatement.
1. Schedule a DMV administrative hearing: After being arrested for DUI in California, you will have 10 days in
which you can request a
DMV hearing to try and save your license from being suspended. Depending on the outcome
of this hearing, your suspension will either be overturned or upheld.
An attorney can help you maximize your chances of success during this
hearing. If the suspension is upheld, you must serve a 30 day “hard
suspension” of your license, meaning you may drive at all during
this time period.
2. Apply for a restricted license: If this was your only DUI-related offense within the past 10 years and
you were at least 21 years of age at the time of your arrest, you may
be eligible to apply for a restricted or “hardship” license
by enrolling in a licensed DUI First Offender program. Your program provider
will send a Proof of Enrollment Certificate to the DMV at your request,
after which you must pay a reissue fee and provide proof of financial
responsibility. A hardship license will permit you to drive to and from
your work and your DUI program for a period of 5 months.
3. Request a reinstatement: Once your full suspension has expired and you have not been caught in
violation of its terms, you may request to have your license reinstated
if you are able to show proof of insurance, proof that you have completed
the DUI program, and pay a reinstatement fee. To show proof of insurance,
you will need to notify your insurance company of your DUI arrest. If
they choose to still cover you, they will provide you with a certificate
known as an SR-22 form that indicates you are still covered despite your
arrest. If you were sentenced to any period of incarceration as a result
of you DUI criminal case, you must also fulfill this sentence before being
eligible for a license reinstatement.
Protect Your Driving Privileges – Call (951) 682-5110
If you have had your driver’s license suspended or revoked following
a DUI arrest, our Riverside DUI defense lawyers can help you fight to
regain your ability to drive. With more than 100 years of combined legal
knowledge and skills, we have what it takes to get the results you need.
To discover your legal options in further detail,
schedule a no-cost consultation
with us today.