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8. Will my license be suspended?

Santa Rosa DUI lawyers should counsel that in a typical first offense Sonoma County DUI case (alcohol-related, age 21 or older, no allegation of injury or refusal to give a chemical test), with no other aggravating circumstances, and no viable legal defenses or other mitigating factors, there may be a four, six or ten-month driver's license suspension as a result of DMV proceedings, or court proceedings, or both.

DMV roadsignIn a typical second Sonoma DUI case (alcohol-related, age 21 or older, no allegation of injury or refusal to give a chemical test), with no other aggravating circumstances, and no viable legal defenses or other mitigating factors, there may be a one-year driver's license suspension as a result of DMV proceedings, or court proceedings, or both.

The best Sonoma DUI lawyers should be able to explain how these suspensions work together, and specify the applicable period of time for any license suspension, depending on what laws were applicable on the date of arrest, and which proceeding (court or DMV or both) resulted in a suspension, and how much alcohol in the breath or blood was alleged in the case, etc. A great Sonoma DUI attorney will also be able to help most drivers obtain a restricted (limited) "work" license or ignition interlock (IID) breathalyzer license or even resume full driving privileges.

Click the next Tip in this section, Tip #9, for answers about getting a restricted license, and then click on Ten Tips for Getting Your License Back on this site for a more detailed discussion of the separate court and DMV suspensions, and how to get your license back in most DUI cases. It is absolutely possible for a local Santa Rosa DUI attorney to eliminate any actual suspension or restricted driving if successful defenses are presented in your case. There are many ways to fight a DUI. Click on Ten Tips for Fighting a DUI on this site for a more detailed discussion. Consult with a Sonoma County DUI lawyer about your specific case.

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Dave Jake Schwartz is an Honors Graduate from UC Hastings Law School, and UC Davis, former Federal Judicial Clerk, and Nationally Qualified Sobriety Tests Practitioner. Member of the California Bar for 30 years, Sonoma County resident for over 20 years, handles only DUI cases, including thousands of Sonoma County DUIs and DMV hearings: first/multiple offenders, minors, seniors, tourists, undocumented immigrants, veterans, probation violations, suspended license, public intoxication, open container, minor in possession, child endangerment, collisions, hit and run, evading, resisting arrest.

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