Will the DUI arrest cause me to lose my California drivers license?
Maybe. But not inevitably.
As Los Angeles and San Bernardino County DUI lawyers, we realize how devastating the loss of your driving privileges can be. Many people arrested for DUI in places like Los Angeles, Rancho Cucamonga and West Covina need to drive in order to work. Relying on public transportation is difficult or even impossible.
There are two ways a DUI arrest can result in the suspension of your California drivers license. The first is losing your DMV hearing. The second is being convicted of DUI in court. Either of these events triggers a license suspension. The length of the California drivers license suspension (and the availability of a restricted license) depends on whether you have prior DUI or wet reckless convictions, and whether you refused to take a DUI blood or breath test.
However, a good Los Angeles or San Bernardino County DUI attorney can often prevent a license suspension altogether. But to do this the DUI attorney must accomplish two things. First, he must win your DMV hearing. Second, he must either get the DUI court case dismissed, or at least get the charges reduced to anything less than a DUI. If the DUI attorney can do these two things, he has saved your drivers license.