The California Department of Motor Vehicles has there own system for penalizing those that are caught for driving under the influence.
- The California DMV is the State’s governing authority on the license to drive. As a result, the DMV hs the right to grant the privilege to drive as well as take it away if a driver seems to be unfit or a threat to other motorists and property.
- The DMV conducts its own hearing in determining whether a person should receive a restriction or suspension on their driving license as a result of an arrest for driving under the influence.
- The DMV conducts its own hearing which is based on evidence attained by the arresting officer, usually the same evidence that would be used in the criminal matter. However, a DMV Hearing Officer could potentially come to a different conclusion than the criminal court.
The standard DUI penalty for a drunk driving conviction may fall in the existing range:
For DMV Penalties for Driving Under the Influence
BAC .08% or greater Refusal
- First Offense: 4-month suspension 1-year suspension
- Second Offense: 1-year suspension 2-year suspension
- Third Offense: 3-year suspension 3-year suspension
- Fourth Offense: 4-year suspension` 4-year suspension