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Restricted License after California DUI

May 17, 2008

California DUI attorney news & info

California DUI Restricted Drivers Liencses

Can I be acquitted on California DUI charges and still lose my driver's license?

It is possible that you could be acquitted on the criminal DUI charges and still lose your driving privileges. The reason is that in a DUI case there are two separate proceedings that go on. There are court proceedings to determine whether you will be convicted of the crime of DUI, and there are administrative proceedings to determine whether the Department of Motor Vehicles will suspend your driver's license. So, it is possible to win and prevail in court but still to lose with the Department of Motor Vehicles and suffer the driver's suspension.

Can a police officer confiscate my driver's license at the scene of a California DUI ?

A police officer can confiscate your physical driver's license at the scene of a California DUI if you are arrested, and that is fairly typical. However, what he will do is give you a temporary license in its place. That temporary license allows you to drive temporarily until you can have an administrative hearing to determine whether the suspension will ultimately go into effect.

What is a 'temporary restricted license' or 'TRL'?

A temporary restricted license is a restricted license that you can get during a driver's license suspension that allows you to drive to places where you have a critical need to drive to. Typically it's limited to driving to and from work related activities, driving to and from school if you're a student, and driving to a court imposed alcohol program.

What are the restrictions associated with a temporary restricted
license?

Typically the restrictions associated with a temporary restricted license are that you can only drive to and from work-related activities if you're employed, to and from school or school-related activities if you're a student, and to and from an alcohol program if one is required of you by the court. If you exceed those restrictions, or if you're caught driving to a concert or a movie or something unrelated to those events, then you can be charged with driving on a suspended license and you could go to jail.

What are the eligibility requirements for obtaining a temporary restricted license?

In most states, to obtain a temporary restricted license after your license has been suspended because of DUI, at a minimum, you have to show that you have either enrolled in or completed an alcohol class. You have to show that you have proof of auto liability insurance, and that's a document that you obtain from your insurance company that's commonly called an SR-22. You have to pay some sort of a fee in order to get the restricted license.

How can I get my driver's license reinstated after my California DUI ?

If your driver's license was suspended because of a California DUI , and you have served out the suspension period, you can get the license if you show proof that you have either enrolled in, or completed any alcohol class that was imposed upon you by the court. Also, you have to show proof of auto liability insurance and you have to pay some sort of a re-issuance fee to the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

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