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After a DUI, What Happens to Your Driving Privileges?

If you've been arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles, you may lose your driving privileges.

Typically, authorities will take away your driver's license, or issue an order of suspension following a drunken driving arrest. The inability to drive can impact your work and your personal life.

To help you through this process, here are five things you may want to know regarding driving privileges following a DUI arrest:

  1. How do you get your license back? At the time of arrest, the officer may have taken your driver's license. To get your license back, you will probably have to serve the term of any suspension or revocation period. You may also have to pay a reissuance fee. If there is no basis for the suspension or revocation, your driver's license will be issued or returned to you.

  2. What is an "Order of Suspension and Temporary License"? An officer may have given you this document. What this means is that you may still be able to drive for 30 days after the date the order of suspension or revocation was issued. During this time, you may request a hearing to show that the suspension or revocation is not justified.

  3. How long will your driving privileges be suspended? The exact length of time will depend upon factors like whether you took a blood alcohol test and what your driving record was like in the past. If you've had multiple DUIs or refused the test, you face a much longer license suspension.

  4. Do you need a hearing to get a restricted license to drive to work? No, you don't need a hearing. You can apply for a restricted license at a DMV field office.

  5. How can a DUI lawyer help? The rules for getting your driving privileges back can be confusing. An experienced Los Angeles DUI lawyer can help you with the DMV administrative hearing and guide you through the criminal process as well.

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