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Collateral Consequences of a DUI

Collateral Consequences: License Suspension

Whenever a person is arrested for a DUI, they are generally given a pink carbon copy of a document.  Read this document carefully.  Police officers generally hand them the document and tell our clients that this is going to be their temporary license for 30 days.  What they fail to tell you or stress to our clients is that if you do not call the DMV within 10 days to request a DMV hearing, your license will be suspended.  Most people do not find out about this until they speak with an attorney – generally 10 days after their arrest date.

If you have been arrested, contact our office immediately so that we can assist you in scheduling a DMV hearing.  

If you have any questions, please contact one of the following Driver Safety Branch Offices: 


Bakersfield(661) 833-2103

City of Commerce(323) 724-4000

City of Orange(714) 703-2511

Covina(626) 974-7137

El Segundo(310) 615-3500

Fresno(559) 445-6399

Oakland(510) 563-8900

Oxnard(805) 988-3050

Redding(530) 224-4755

Sacramento(916) 227-2970

San Bernardino(909) 383-7413

San Diego(858) 627-3901

San Francisco(415) 557-1170

San Jose(408) 229-7100

Van Nuys(818) 376-4217

length of suspension: 

If you are 21 years of age or older, took a blood or breath test, or (if applicable) a urine test, and the results showed 0.08% BAC or more:

  • A first offense will result in a 4-month suspension.
  • A second or subsequent offense within 10 years will result in a 1-year suspension.

Collateral Consequences: Points on your driving record

Having a DUI on your record is 2 points on your driving record.  Depending  on how many points you have accumulated within a period of time, the DMV may suspend your license for being a negligent operator.


Collateral Consequences: DUI Classes

When a person pleads guilty to a DUI in California, that person has to enroll in a DUI class.  DUI classes can range from:

  • 12 hours,
  • 3 months,
  • 9 months, or
  • 18 months.


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