Monday, October 6, 2008

DMV deadline, the Compact and punishment in second DUI California cases

As you can find out at, California DUI arrests trigger two separate cases: In court, and at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Although both California DUI and DMV cases are extremely serious, the DMV case is far more time-sensitive.

Motorists accused of California DUI drunk driving have only 10 days from the date of their DUI arrest to request a hearing with the DMV.

California is one of 45 states that participate in the Interstate Driver’s License Compact, an agreement to share California DUI information about DUI or DWI convictions and driver’s license actions with other member states.

The California DUI punishment in court for a second or third California DUI drunk driving conviction is much harsher than for a first California DUI offense – a multiple-offense drunk driving conviction carries mandatory jail time, an 18-month alcohol education program, a required ignition interlock device, etc.