Driver's License Suspension
There are two consequences when arrested for a DUI. The most immediate is loss of driving privileges. Under California law, the Department of Motor Vehicles can suspend the driving privileges or someone arrested for a DUI. This is called the administrative consequence. The other consequence is the criminal consequence.
If arrested for driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher the officer will confiscate your license, issue you an order of suspension and give you a temporary 30 day license. After the 30 days passes, then your license could be suspended for a minimum of 4 months if this is your first DUI and you are over 21 years old. If you have multiple DUI's you license will be suspended for much longer. If you are under 21 years old and have a blood alcohol of .01% or higher, your license will be suspended for one year, even it is your first time DUI.
YOU MUST SCHEDULE A DMV HEARING WITHIN 10 DAYS OF YOUR ARREST IN ORDER TO EFFECTIVELY FIGHT YOUR LICENSE SUSPENSION.
Even though you get a temporary 30 day license, you only have 10 days to request a hearing to keep your license for more time. This suspension will happen fast if you are accused of driving under the influence. Most people drop the ball, are too intimidated or do not know where to start in order to avoid the license suspension. This is why it is IMPORTANT TO HIRE AN EXERIENCED DUI ATTORNEY ASAP.