Being arrested for a DUI in San Francisco CA may be the most frightening thing that has ever happened to you. Most people with DUI arrests are having their first encounter with the criminal justice system and immediately feel as though they have no control over what’s happening. We understand that our clients are often bewildered and unsure about what will happen to them. Part of our role as criminal defense attorneys is to help you understand what is happening at every stage of the process so that you feel less stress about what you are going through.
San Francisco DUI Effects
A California DUI is usually charged differently based on whether it is your first offense. In California, you may suffer a driver’s license suspension even before you go to court. You only have 10 days to request an administrative hearing at that point if you want to keep your driving privileges so that you can continue to go to work and take care of your family while you are waiting for your case to get through the California criminal justice system. Keep the phone number of your DUI defense attorney on you at all times in case you have a question.
DUI License Suspension
If you are 21 years old and fail a chemical test by having your blood alcohol test .08 or above, California will impose an automatic suspension on your driver’s license. If you have been convicted before within the past 10 years, your minimum suspension will be 1 year. This counts DUI cases you may have gotten in other states, as they will be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles and will appear on your record. When you have a new suspension, the officer sends the information immediately to the Department of Motor Vehicles so that your suspension will go into effect. If you refuse to take the chemical test, your driving privileges will be suspended for one year for the first offense, two years for the second offense, and up to three years for the next offenses, provided the driving under the influence happened with the last 10 years.
You may be able to get a restricted license even if the original license suspension for driving under the influence is found to be valid. Speak to your DUI attorney so you can start the process of getting back your ability to drive to necessary places, such as work, daycare, and the grocery.