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How to get your license back after your first DUI conviction

Returning to the roads after your first DUI conviction requires the completion of a series of steps. If you’re ready to drive responsibly, be sure to check off these requirements first.

Step 1: Serve your license suspension

First time DUI offenders in California can get their driver’s license suspended from anywhere between six and ten months, depending on the nature of the incident. For cases involving a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level of .20% or higher, the court may order a license suspension of 10 months

Step 2: Pay a Reissuance Fee

Once your license suspension is up, you must pay a $125.00 reissue fee to the DMV and file proof of financial responsibility. In cases where the DUI defendant was under the age of 21 at the time of the violation, the reissue fee is discounted to $100.00.

Step 3: Complete a DUI Treatment Program

Most defendants are ordered to complete a treatment program. The number of hours the program must be may vary. Once you have served your suspension, paid the reissue fee and finished the DUI program, the last step is to provide proof of enrollment in the DUI treatment program and a certificate of completion.

If you have been convicted of DUI, some circumstances may allow you to petition the court for a restricted license. However, second and third DUI offenses can cause you to lose your license for two to four years, so be sure you are ready to drive responsibly. For more advice on DUI protocol, contact a criminal law attorney.

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