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DUIs affect your ability to drive: Here's how

A DUI can be a shock for you. Driving under the influence might have been a choice, but the idea of getting caught wasn't on your mind. Now, you've been arrested and are worried about how these charges, and a possible conviction, could affect you in the future.

Upon arrest, the officer took your license. Now, you can't drive. Here is some more information on what you should expect.

After a DUI: What happens next?

After the arrest, the officer will send your information to the Department of Motor Vehicles. The DMV performs an administrative review. If your suspension or revocation is upheld, then you can request a hearing to contest it.

Do you need a license after a DUI arrest?

Without a license, you can't get to work. You're worried that the loss of your license could significantly impact your job and potential to afford to live in California. What should you do?

Apply for a restricted license. With any first blood alcohol content test that shows .08% or more, you will lose your license for four months. Second or subsequent offenses lead to a one-year suspension. Fortunately, the authorities and courts understand that driving is a necessity for some. You can apply for a restricted license at a Department of Motor Vehicles field office. This license, if approved, will allow you to drive to and from work.

How do you get your license back if the officer took it?

If the officer took your license at the time of your arrest, you can get it back at the end of your license suspension or revocation period. You will need to pay to have it reissued. The fee is $125. You also have to bring proof of financial responsibility at that time. For those under 21, the fee is only $100.

In the case that it's discovered that there was no basis for the revocation or suspension, your license will be returned to you at no charge.

Your attorney is a good source of information after your get a DUI. If you work together, there is a better chance of reducing the penalties or even having the DUI charges dropped completely. Driving is a way of life in America, so losing your license is a big deal. Fortunately, there are ways to fight the charges that are placed against you and to negotiate for special licenses even when the DUI is upheld.

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