We see lots of people who have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence. If you’re like most of our DUI clients, your biggest worry is your ability to drive. “Can I get a restricted license, at least to drive to work,” is one of the most frequently asked questions we hear.
The answer to that question is often not so simple. That’s because the DMV will take action against your license through an administrative hearing, often before your case makes it into court. Then, depending on how your court case resolves, the DMV will take additional action against your license, using a completely separate set of laws. To complicate matters more, some of the DMV’s administrative actions will overlap with what happens in your court case, while other actions won’t. Truly, reading the relevant sections of the California Vehicle Code is like reading hieroglyphics.
We wrote this guide to help you more easily understand what can happen to your license if you have been arrested for a DUI.