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5. How long will my license be suspended?

LowCostInterlockIn a typical multiple offender Solano DUI case (noncommercial, age 21 or older, alcohol-related, no allegation of injuries or refusal to give a chemical test), with no aggravating circumstances, and no viable legal defenses or other mitigating factors, DMV will suspend a driver license for one year, regardless of what happens in court, and regardless of how many prior DUI convictions exist. In contrast, a Solano County court conviction separately results in a license revocation by DMV for two, three or four years, depending on the number of prior convictions.

But, starting with arrests on or after January 1, 2019, the best Solano County DUI attorneys know that the the latest laws allow most drivers to avoid a suspension of driving privileges by obtaining an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) breathalyzer restricted license at any local DMV office after accomplishing certain tasks, which are discussed on this site under Ten Tips for Getting Your License Back. From 2010 to 2019, older laws provided that a typical multiple offender could obtain an early IID restricted license after 90 days or six months suspension, following certain tasks, if the case resulted in a second or third DUI conviction, respectively.

Watch Jake's 3-Minute Video Short: "Will My License be Suspended?". See also, Tip #6 in this section for further information about multiple offenders and restricted licenses. For a detailed discussion on this site of the different types of suspensions resulting from the separate DMV and court proceedings, click on Ten Tips For Getting Your License Back. Consult with a Solano DUI lawyer about your specific case.


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