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Can I Receive a Restricted License in California?

There are few things worse than being charged with or convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol. Unfortunately, one of the most common penalties associated with these charges is a driver’s license suspension. That said, some states, including California, do allow certain motorists to apply for restricted licenses, which can afford them a bit more freedom than having no driver’s license at all. Please continue reading and reach out to a seasoned Tehama County DUI lawyer from Cohen Criminal Law to learn more about what a restricted license does, whether you may qualify for one, and how our firm can help you fight for the best outcome possible. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is a restricted license?

Essentially a restricted license is self-explanatory. It is a license that certain motorists may apply for after being convicted of driving while under the influence that offers them some restricted driving privileges while they serve out their license suspension. Namely, a restricted license can give motorists the right to drive to work, school, and medical appointments. That said, it is worth noting that even if you are awarded this license, you will likely still have to serve out what’s known as a hard suspension before your license is issued. For example, for a first-offense DUI, you will face a 30-day hard suspension before receiving your restricted license.

What makes a driver eligible for such a license in CA?

Not everyone who has been convicted of DUI will be eligible for this license. To be eligible, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • You first enrolled in a DUI First Offender Program and received a Proof of Enrollment Certificate with the DMV upon completion
  • You can pay the $125 reinstatement fee
  • You were arrested with a BAC of .08% and you were not operating a commercial vehicle
  • You were over the age of 21 at the time of your DUI arrest
  • This was your first DUI offense within the last 10 years

If you have any further questions about how these licenses work, whether you may qualify for one, or if you need a seasoned attorney to fight your DUI charges, look no further than Cohen Criminal Law. We are here to help you today–all you need to do is pick up the phone and give us a call or contact us online.