If you have been arrested for an Alameda DUI you can lose your license based solely off of the DUI arrest. On a first offense misdemeanor Alameda DUI, your license can be suspended for a minimum of four months from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. You can stay this suspension by requesting an Administrative Per Se Hearing within ten calendar days of your Alameda Drunk Driving arrest. Even if you request a hearing through the DMV you may still lose your driving privileges for a minimum of four months. This is four months of a full (no driving) suspension following an arrest for an Alameda DUI. It is vital to remember that your license can be re-suspended following a conviction for an Alameda DUI through the criminal court system.
Given the impracticality of having no driving privileges for four months in California, the law has allowed an Alameda driver suspected of DUI to obtain a restricted license without any suspension for arrests 2019 and later. An IID (Ignition Interlock Device) can be installed t avoid any suspense time at all in some cases. A restricted license obtained following an Alameda drunk driving arrest allows driving privileges during the course of work and to and from an alcohol program. A restricted license will extend the driving suspension following an arrest for an Alameda DUI from four months to six months. A court conviction for an Alameda DUI will cause the DMV to re-suspend your license but if you already have a restricted license you can simply pay to get it reinstated.
A practiced Alameda DUI attorney can assist you with obtaining a restricted license. You must get an SR22 or proof of financial responsibility, enroll in a AB541 alcohol program as a volunteer and pay $125.00 reissue fee to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Remember this can only be done after serving thirty days of no driving. Contact our team of dedicated Alameda DUI Defense Attorneys now and we can assist you with obtaining a restricted license.