The Law Office of John M. Holmes is exclusively a criminal defense firm, practicing in Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and Los Angeles counties. John M. Holmes built this criminal defense firm on a foundation of ethical and aggressive representation. Mr. Holmes takes pride in handling your case from start to finish, and he is available for his clients 24-7.

This office handles every type of driving related criminal case, from traffic infractions to DUI. If you were cited or arrested for having multiple traffic infractions, for driving under the influence, for driving on a suspended license, or for reckless driving, contact the Law Office of John M. Holmes. This firm can help save your license with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and often keep you out of jail.

DRIVER’S LICENSE SUSPENSION IN RIVERSIDE OR SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

One of the most dreaded consequences of a Riverside County DUI arrest or San Bernardino County DUI conviction is the possibility of a driver’s license suspension.

Let’s face it. Most of us in Riverside and San Bernardino counties need to drive to survive. We drive to work, to school, to our errands and to care for our families. Life without our cars is unimaginable. Public transportation is limited and not a viable alternative for many of us.

Most people who get a DUI in Riverside or San Bernardino County do end up losing their drivers license for some period of time. It can range from 30 days to several years, depending largely on whether they have prior DUI or wet reckless convictions within ten years and whether they refused to take the DUI blood or breath test.

Some people continue to drive even during their DUI license suspension. If they get caught in Riverside or San Bernardino County, they face prosecution for the crime of “driving on a suspended license.” This offense carries serious penalties, including mandatory jail time.

But a DUI arrest in Riverside or San Bernardino County doesn’t necessarily mean your license will be suspended. It’s never automatic. You can fight it. As an experienced DUI defense attorney in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, one of the primary goals is to help clients avoid the DUI license suspension. It isn’t always possible, but the knowledge, dedication and experience of this DUI firm will give you the best chance of saving your license.

ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE SUSPENSIONS FOR FIRST DUI OFFENSE

You are entitled to a DMV hearing regarding the administrative suspension and to be represented at the hearing by a DUI defense attorney. If you win your hearing, no administrative license suspension is imposed. If you lose your hearing, the DMV suspends your license for four months.

RESTRICTED LICENSE IN A FIRST-OFFENSE DUI SITUATION

Obtaining a restricted license depends on which suspension is imposed. In Riverside or San Bernardino County, with only the DUI court-triggered suspension, you can get a restricted license right away. With the administrative DMV suspension, you must wait 30 days from the start date of the license suspension. If you suffer both suspensions, you still must wait 30 days from the start of the administrative suspension. In order to be approved for a restricted license, the driver must submit SR-22 insurance to the Riverside or San Bernardino County DMV, be enrolled in an alcohol-offender class, and pay a $125 re-issuance fee.

ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE SUSPENSION FOR SECOND AND THIRD DUI OFFENSE

The DMV will suspend the driver’s license for one year for a second DUI offense (2nd) and two years for a third DUI offense (3rd). These are the repercussions faced by Riverside or San Bernardino County drivers who submit to a chemical test of their blood or breath. However, in the case of a refusal, the DMV punishment is increased: a second DUI offense (2nd) with refusal will result in a two-year suspension and a third DUI offense with a refusal (3rd) will cause a three-year suspension.

ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE SUSPENSION FOR SECOND AND THIRD DUI OFFENSE

The DMV will suspend the driver’s license for one year for a second DUI offense (2nd) and two years for a third DUI offense (3rd). These are the repercussions faced by California drivers who submit to a chemical test of their blood or breath.

In the case of a refusal, the DMV punishment is increased: a second DUI offense (2nd) with refusal will result in a two-year suspension and a third DUI offense (3rd) will cause a three-year suspension.

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