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5. How long will my license be suspended?

In a typical multiple offender DUI case, the best Mendocino County DUI attorneys know that the DMV will suspend a Class C license for one year in a non-refusal case, regardless of what happens in court, and regardless of how many prior DUI convictions exist. In contrast, a Mendocino County court conviction separately results in a license revocation by DMV for two, three or four years, depending on the number of prior convictions.

But, in 2010, the law changed so that a typical multiple offender may obtain an early ignition interlock restricted license after 90 days or six months suspension following certain tasks if the case results in a second or third DUI conviction. See Tip #6 for when a work license may be available prior to the termination of a suspension or revocation when there are multiple DUI convictions suffered.

Watch Jake's 3-Minute Video Short: "Will My License be Suspended?". For a detailed discussion on this site of the different types of suspensions resulting from the separate DMV and court proceedings, click on Ten Tips For Getting Your License Back. Consult with a Mendocino 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, North Bay resident for over 20 years, handles only DUI cases, including thousands of North Bay 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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