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How To Navigate The Aftermath Of A DUI Arrest In California


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In this article, you will discover:

  • The necessary steps to take to receive a work-restricted license after a DUI in California.
  • The importance of having an experienced DUI attorney during your DUI case.
  • What happens if your license is suspended after a DUI in California.

How Soon After A DUI Arrest In The San Francisco Bay Area Can I Get A Work-Restricted License For Driving?

In the San Francisco Bay Area, the timeline for obtaining a work permit for driving after a DUI arrest involves several steps.

Immediately following your DUI arrest, your license will be confiscated, and you’ll receive a pink sheet, which serves as a temporary license valid for one month. During this one-month period, you are able to drive as normal without any restrictions. However, it’s crucial to act swiftly and have your attorney request a DMV hearing within 10 days of your arrest. This allows you to continue driving while your case is pending, with no restrictions.

If you are denied a temporary license at the DMV hearing or if you’re convicted of DUI in court later on, your license will most likely be suspended. In this situation, you can request a restricted license, for which you have two options: a work-restricted license or an ignition interlock device (IID) license.

  • To obtain a work-restricted license, you’ll need to meet certain requirements, including enrollment in a DUI school, obtaining SR-22 high-risk insurance, and paying a reissue fee at the DMV.
  • If you opt for an ignition interlock device (IID) license, you must provide proof of SR-22 insurance, DUI school enrollment, and documentation confirming the installation of a functioning IID in your vehicle. Similar to the work-restricted license, you’ll need to pay a reissue fee at the DMV.

As far as the duration of your case is concerned, it may vary greatly depending on the county where your DUI offense occurred. In some counties (namely, San Francisco County, Sonoma County, San Mateo County, and Contra Costa County), DUI cases tend to last quite a while. Meanwhile, other Bay Area counties have a tendency to process cases more efficiently.

In any case, it’s essential to seek a stay of suspension on your license with the help of an attorney following a DUI arrest. Without this, you could face prolonged suspension or restrictions, such as an ignition interlock device or a work-restricted license, extending far beyond what’s necessary due to delays in the criminal case proceedings.

Fortunately, our office offers free consultations for new clients, where we dedicate time to answer all your questions and make sure that you fully comprehend your situation. Making well-informed decisions aligned with your best interests is our priority, and we’re here to guide you through the process. Feel free to reach out to schedule a consultation and explore your options further.

Is It Going To Be Possible To Get A Work Permit Before My First Court Hearing For The DUI Charge In San Francisco?

Following your DUI arrest in the San Francisco Bay area, you will get a temporary pink sheet license. Within the first ten days of your arrest, your attorney will request a “stay of suspension” and a new temporary driver’s license, which remains valid until a DUI conviction occurs.

It’s also worth noting that there’s no immediate requirement to install a work-restricted license or an ignition interlock device in your vehicle after a DUI arrest. Some non-legal companies may encourage you not to contest your DUI cases and instead offer to guide you through the process of obtaining an ignition interlock device or a restricted license. However, it’s essential to recognize that these companies may not have your best interests at heart. With this in mind, it’s crucial to consult with a qualified attorney who can provide personalized legal advice and advocate for your rights throughout the DUI proceedings.

By opting for immediate installation of a restricted license or an ignition interlock device without contesting your DUI case, you risk extending your suspension or restriction period unnecessarily. This disconnect between the timing of your DMV and court cases can lead to longer periods with restricted driving privileges, potentially forfeiting your rights without exploring all available options.

What’s more, these non-legal entities simply don’t have the expertise and dedication required to protect your rights effectively. Their sole motivation is financial gain, and they’re ill-equipped to navigate the complexities of DUI defense.

Regardless of your perceived guilt, seeking the guidance of a skilled DUI defense lawyer is essential to avoid receiving maximum penalties. A competent attorney with extensive experience in DUI defense can advocate on your behalf, striving to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. Don’t hesitate to seek professional assistance—it’s your best course of action in these situations.

Can I Get A Work Permit If My Driver’s License Has Already Been Suspended Due To The DUI Charge?

In most cases, even if your driver’s license has been suspended, you may be eligible to receive a work permit. Remember, if your attorney did not request an administrative hearing and 30 days have passed, or if you got convicted in court of a DUI, your license will be suspended. If convicted of a DUI charge, you can go to the DMV and request a work-restricted or IID license.

Typically, you can get a work-restricted license as long as you were not convicted of a refusal (i.e., refusing a chemical test) and the DMV has not suspended you for one year of no driving at all. As long as you have SR-22 or high-risk insurance and are enrolled in a DUI, you can get a work-restricted license upon paying the reissue fee to the DMV.

Once your license has been suspended, there is a one-month waiting period to apply for the work-restricted license. This one month is typically counted from the end date of your DMV hearing. Remember that the work-restricted license only covers travel to and from work but can include all work-related traveling.

For more information on Understanding The Aftermath Of A DUI Arrest In California, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (415) 523-7878 today.

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