What is a temporary or restricted license in California? A temporary license is often given to drivers after an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. Drivers with a temporary license can continue operating their motor vehicle for a limited period of time.
A restricted license allows individuals to continue driving as long as they follow certain rules. Some drivers can get a restricted license after a DUI conviction.
Allow the Simmrin Law Group to help you learn more about these licenses. Just call us at (310) 997-4688.
Facts About a Temporary License Here in Los Angeles
Drivers often get a temporary license after a DUI arrest in Los Angeles. You can receive a temporary license directly from the police officer who charges you with a DUI. These officers will often take your regular license at the time of your arrest.
A temporary license is usually a slip of paper that allows you to continue legally driving for 30 days from the time of your arrest.
Sometimes, the police do not provide you with this license. Instead, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can mail this license to you after a DUI arrest.
Note that after 30 days, your temporary license is no longer valid. Driving without a valid license is against the law in California. This can lead to criminal charges for driving without a driver’s license.
Learn About a Restricted License in California
Drivers can get a restricted license after some convictions for traffic violations here in Los Angeles. The state of California offers some people a restricted license if they install an ignition interlock device (IID) after a DUI conviction.
IIDs are a kind of breathalyzer device. This means they measure a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level. The IID attaches to the steering column of a vehicle. IIDs prevent vehicles from turning on if a driver has an elevated BAC.
Drivers with an IID-restricted license can operate their vehicles even after a DUI conviction. This allows drivers to continue going to work or driving to recreational activities. In most cases, the DMV will suspend a driver’s “regular” license after a DUI conviction.
You can learn more about the IID program in California with the Simmrin Law Group. Our DUI lawyers in Los Angeles will focus on your situation. Find out more by calling (310) 997-4688 to get legal help today.
Your License and the DMV After a DUI Arrest
The DMV can suspend your license after a DUI arrest. In fact, the DMV will automatically suspend your license 30 days after you are arrested for a DUI. However, you can take steps to prevent this automatic suspension.
You can request a DMV hearing after a DUI arrest. You have 10 days from the time of your arrest to request this hearing. A lawyer can help you during this hearing, which can help you prevent the suspension of your license.
Our team knows how to handle DMV representatives. You should know that the DMV hearing does not directly impact a criminal case for a DUI. However, it can allow your lawyer to:
- Protect your driving privileges
- Review the prosecution’s case and evidence
- Question the police officer who arrested you
We can take steps to help you with a DMV hearing. We’ll make sure your hearing is requested on time. We’ll also take steps to plan the best way to deal with your hearing. Just contact us right now.
Other Effects of a DUI Charge in California
You can get a temporary and a restricted license after a DUI arrest in California. There are also a number of other results associated with DUI convictions in our state. Drivers who are convicted of a DUI can end up facing:
- Jail time
- Enrollment in an alcohol education program
In some cases, the DMV will suspend a driver’s license after a DUI conviction. However, most drivers are eligible for entry into the IID program. This allows drivers to continue operating a vehicle even if they are convicted.
Our team will help you handle your legal needs after a DUI arrest. We’ll stand up for you in court. Allow us to focus on getting your charges dismissed or reduced to an acceptable level.
We’ll also stand up for you in court. Find out more by contacting us today.
Ask a Lawyer About Temporary and Restricted Licenses
What are temporary and restricted licenses in California? Temporary licenses allow you to drive after a DUI arrest. A restricted license can let you drive after a DUI conviction. You can protect your “normal” license by contacting a Los Angeles DUI lawyer after a DUI arrest.
The Simmrin Law Group is prepared to assist you. Just call (310) 997-4688. You can also complete our online contact form.
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