Q: Do people convicted of a first-time DUI always lose their drivers licenses automatically?
A: When someone in California is convicted of a first time DUI, assuming that the blood alcohol level is less than a .20, then it will result in a six month suspension. In alcohol DUI cases, there is also a DMV administrative suspension which can result in a four month administrative suspension independent of the court case.
Robert Daniel Berglund agrees with this answer
A: Agree with the previous response. However, you can obtain a restricted license after 30 days. You will need proof of enrollment in the alcohol program, SR22 proof of insurance, and to pay the license re-issue fee to DMV. If you have a DUI court conviction in a pilot county (Los Angeles, Alameda, Tulare, or Sacramento) you will also need to install an Ignition Interlock Device before you can get your license back.
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