One of the most dreaded penalties for a DUI conviction in California is
having your driver’s license suspended or revoked. After all, without
your driver’s license it becomes much more difficult to get to work,
school, or to any other vital appointments, including court dates. Fortunately,
the state of California allows for first-time offenders to be able to
maintain limited driving privileges by obtaining a temporary restricted
license from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The Process for Obtaining a Restricted License
In order to obtain a temporary restricted license, there are a few steps
you must follow. The most important thing is that
you must not refuse to take a sobriety test, either by breathalyzer or blood test. Even though it is legal to do so,
refusing to take one of these tests will automatically trigger a one-year
license suspension and give you no chance of obtaining a restricted license.
If you lose your DMV hearing and are convicted, so long as you fully cooperated
and submitted to all testing, your license will be suspended for one month.
After this month is up, you can apply for a temporary restricted license
that will restore your driving privileges in a limited capacity.
In order to apply for this license, you must first enroll in an alcohol
class, which must be from a state-approved provider. You must bring proof
of this enrollment, along with proof of current and valid insurance to
the DMV. You will be charged a license reissue fee of $125 as well.
Terms of a Restricted License
Once this process is completed, the DMV will issue you a very important
piece of paper that will function as an authorization to drive a car on
public roads for a limited duration of time. Depending on how your case
goes in court, this will probably last for about four to five months,
but may be issued for longer if your license suspension is lengthy.
A restricted license allows you to travel to an extremely limited number
of places: between your home and either work or your court-ordered alcohol
program. If you go anywhere else, you must find alternative transportation.
The skilled Riverside criminal defense lawyers at the
Law Offices of Paul Grech may be able to help you with your DUI case. We have helped numerous clients
all around the Riverside area with their cases, and have a long record
of success. Our approach and diligence has earned our team inclusion into
legal societies such as Super Lawyers and the National Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
We also are one of a select few firms to have an attorney to be Board
Certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization.
To start exploring your criminal defense options, call the Law Offices
of Paul Grech at (951) 291-0105 or
contact us online for a
free case evaluation.