Drunk driving attorney in Fresno reminds you about how you can lose your license - even without a DUI conviction

Sep 18, 2014

A recent article from the Orange County Register reminds people of an important legal difficulty they may run into if they're arrested for a DUI offense.

Even if you aren't convicted of any DUI charges, you may have your license suspended or revoked by the California DMV.

California allows the DMV to review your case and make a ruling on your license. The article highlights the situation faced by one man who had his DUI charges thrown out of criminal court, but still had his license suspended by the DMV; the DMV's decision was apparently based on the results of a blood alcohol content (BAC) test that the criminal court had rejected due to the fact that it had been illegally obtained.

Even if your charges are thrown out of court, or if you wind up not getting charged with anything to begin with, you could suffer a loss of your license.

Loss of a driver's license can hit you hard. The following are some areas of your life that may get affected:

  • Commuting to and from work.
  • Transporting children to and from school or to various activities.
  • Attending school or participating in job training.
  • Taking care of groceries, going to the doctor, and attending to other basic needs.
  • Going to social events.

There's also a stigma and sense of bitterness that comes from losing a license even when you haven't actually been convicted.

Part of the process involves a DMV hearing that you should immediately request; you can also appeal decisions made by the DMV. To find out more information, contact a reputable drunk driving attorney in Fresno. In addition to having your attorney help you with criminal court proceedings, you need to act quickly to request your DMV hearing and to improve your chances of keeping your license.

Category: DUI Defense

Michael Mitchell


Michael Mitchell is a Fresno attorney who practices in the areas of DUI, personal injury & criminal law. Visit his Google+ profile.