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8. Will my license be suspended?

In a typical Sonoma County adult first DUI case, with no allegation of refusal, injury or other aggravating circumstances, and no viable legal defenses or other mitigating factors, then there may be a four, six or ten month suspension as a result of DMV proceedings, court proceedings, or both. Watch Jake's 3-Minute Video Short: "Will My License be Suspended?".

A good Sonoma DUI lawyer should be able to explain that the duration of any suspension would depend on which proceeding (court or DMV or both) resulted in a suspension, and how much alcohol in the breath or blood was alleged in the DUI case. A great Sonoma DUI attorney will also be able to help anyone get a restricted "work" license or resume full driving privileges. Click on Ten Tips for Getting Your License Back on this site for a more detailed discussion of the separate court and dmv suspensions in a typical DUI arrest, and how to get your license back in most cases.

In a typical second DUI case with no such aggravating or mitigating factors and no viable defenses, the drivers license is usually suspended for a minimum of 90 days to one year.

In some cases a local Santa Rosa DUI attorney can help eliminate any actual suspension at all 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.


Any result portrayed was dependent on the facts of that case, and the results will differ if based on different facts.

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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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