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Riverside County DMV DUI Driver's License Suspensions

The following actions by the Riverside County Department of Motor Vehicles can be taken against you if you are charged with driving under the influence and you did not schedule a DMV DUI Administrative Hearing or you did attend a DMV hearing a license suspension or revocation was upheld.

  • 4 months suspension of driving privileges for a first offense DUI
  • 1 year suspension of driving privileges for a second or subsequent DUI offense within 10 years

If you are under age 21 and you agreed to take a preliminary alcohol screening (PAS) test or other chemical test with results of a 0.01% BAC or more, your driver’s license will be suspended for 1 year.

If you attend your DMV DUI hearing and win, which is more highly likely with legal representation, the Riverside County DMV will notify you in writing.

If you lose the DUI-DMV hearing, you could still retain permission to drive back and forth to work if you apply for a restricted license at any DMV field office.

Be aware that the DMV administrative hearing, while totally separate from the DUI criminal court case, is quite powerful. If you lose your DMV DUI hearing but the Riverside County Court acquits you of the DUI charges, the DMV suspension or revocation of your driver’s license will be reversed, only if it determines that the acquittal was not warranted.

Also, the DMV decision to suspend your driver’s license will not be affected if a Riverside County judge reduces your DUI to reckless driving.

Even if your DUI charged was dismissed by the Riverside County District Attorney, was not filed by the DA, or it was filed and dismissed by the court for lack of sufficient evidence, you will have the right to another DMV hearing to reverse an action to suspend your license within on year of the arrest date.

In addition to any action the DMV may place on your driver’s license, by law, a DUI conviction can bring with an extension to your driver’s license suspension.

At the end of the license suspension period, your driver’s license will be returned to you after you pay a DMV reissue fee and show proof that you have fulfilled any and all court required obligations, including proof of financial responsibility for automobile insurance.

More Information:

The 10 Day Rule
What to ask a lawyer
The DUI process

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