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Why is My California Driver's License Suspended?

A lot of people think that once they obtain a California driver’s license, it should be valid as providing they renew it before it expires, and as long as they don’t accumulate too many points on their driving record. Of course, most licensed drivers in California are well-aware of the fact that their driver’s license can be suspended if they’re convicted of driving under the influence.

Aside from too many points or a DUI, there are still other ways a driver’s license can be suspended or revoked in California. When this happens, the individual cannot legally drive until the DMV lifts the suspension or revocation and the individual takes the requires steps to get his or her driver’s license reinstated.

At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., we deal with license suspensions on a regular basis. In addition to having excessive points on your driving record, here are the reasons why your California driver’s license may be suspended or revoked:

  • You are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • You don’t have auto insurance and you’re in a car accident. In effect, your driver’s license is suspended for four years.
  • You’re caught drinking alcohol and you’re under 21. In this case, your driver’s license will be suspended for one year, or until your 18th birthday, whichever happens later.
  • You fail or refuse to submit to a drug or alcohol test. As a result, your license is automatically suspended for one year, even if you were not under the influence.
  • You are found guilty of vandalism, triggering a one year license suspension.
  • You fail to appear in court for a traffic ticket, or you fail to pay the fine, causing your license can be suspended.
  • You fail to pay child support under Section 17520 of the Family Code, and your license is suspended as a result.

Is your driver’s license at risk because of DUI, vandalism, or failing to appear in court? If so, contact our office at once for a free criminal defense consultation!