In the days following your alleged DUI, you may feel lost about what your future looks like. With the uncertainty about your pending charges, you may struggle to focus on other responsibilities.
Knowing what to expect in regards to your driving privileges can help you determine your next steps. Even if you do end up with a suspended license, you can focus on the things you can still control so you can get your life back on track as quickly as possible.
Informing the DMV
In most situations, responding authorities will confiscate your driver’s license to prevent you from driving until they make a determination about your situation. According to the State of California, Department of Motor Vehicles, after your DUI, the authorities will give the DMV your information including an official report. The DMV will conduct an independent investigation where they will analyze the report, the order for your license revocation or suspension, and any breathalyzer results.
Sometimes the DMV will find no merit for your loss of driving privileges and will overrule the recommendation. If they determine that your license will remain suspended or revoked, you have the right to request a hearing within 10 days.
Awaiting an outcome
If you have received instructions to pay legal consequences and your license is temporarily taken away, you will need to pay to have your privileges reinstated. While you wait to legally drive again, you may consider other forms of transportation including public transit, ridesharing services, help from friends and family, or even bicycling.
Despite your DUI, you have the chance to control your future and can still actively set goals. Viewing your situation as an opportunity to improve and develop new, safer driving habits can help you move forward and get past your mistake.