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6. Can I get a work license?

The best Sonoma DUI lawyers should explain that if you already have, or you intend to go and get, a California license, then in a typical Sonoma County adult first DUI case with no allegation of refusal, injury or other aggravating circumstances, most people become eligible for a restricted Class "C" California "work" license following a 30-day period of suspension by the DMV if certain tasks are accomplished. In a typical second or third offense DUI case there is no possibility of a restricted "work" license (regardless of hardship) for at least one year, unless certain changes in the law are applicable whichmay allow early restricted driving privileges after 90 days or six months for some second or third DUI offenders who accomplish certain tasks.

Your Santa Rosa DUI attorney will likely tell you that if you do not have a California license, then the California DMV cannot issue a restricted license from your home state. This is one of the best reasons to obtain a California license prior to an anticipated suspension for a typical first offense DUI without viable defenses, if you intend to stay in California. Highly experienced Sonoma DUI lawyers know that it is still possible, but far more complicated, to obtain California restricted driving privileges on an out-of-state drivers license.

If you reside in another state, then it is likely that there are restricted or hardship driving privileges in certain cases (check this States Suspension Chart -- nearly all states permit some kind of limited driving), but availability depends on the local laws of your home state, and such advice may only be provided by a DUI attorney licensed to practice in that state.

There are a variety of special rules in California for minors, commercial drivers, seniors, etc. Click on Ten Tips for Getting Your License Back from DMV on this site for a more detailed discussion about getting your license back in many different situations. 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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