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California DUI - Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs

California's DUI laws and regulations are dictated by both the State of California and the California DMV. The state's justice system deals with the criminal charges related to the DUI that can include misdemeanour charges or felony charges and the possibility of probation or jail time. The DMV deals with the fines and drivers license suspensions/revocations caused by a DUI. In order to help you better understand DUI related issues, covers the relevant topics for both the criminal and DMV related charges.


When drivers are arrested for a DUI in California, they are charged with two different counts. The first is driving under the influence of alcohol; the second is a related charge of driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. The latter charge is the one that triggers the California Department of Motor Vehicles DUI case, where the California DMV will attempt to suspend the motorist's driving privileges.

It is important for you or your lawyer to contact the DMV in order to schedule a hearing within 10 days of your arrest otherwise your license will be suspended automatically. You CANNOT contact the DMV to schedule the hearing through this site. However, if you submit your contact information on this page - a free service will have a qualified DUI lawyer who can schedule the hearing contact you.

Contacting and then hiring one the state's qualified California DUI lawyers is also a very important step. In order to effectively defend both your criminal and DMV case you should have the services of an attorney who specializes in DUI charges. As stated above, filling out the following form will trigger a free service that will connect you with a qualified local lawyer contact you regarding your DUI charges.



  • California Drunk Driving is a resource for for more information on drunk driving / DUI trends and statistics, support groups for victims or legal advice referral programs.
  • If you have a "recent DUI - you need to have one of California's DUI Lawyers" contact you to help effectively defend the charge. This article provides a resource to find qualified California DUI lawyers plus tips and pitfalls to look out for when looking for a DUI attorney.
  • The California DUI Defense process involves multiple hearings with the CA DMV as well as in criminal court. California DMV DUI hearings, criminal DUI defense, the role of DUI lawyers in the defense covered here.
  • The SR 22 Financial Responsibility forms article is useful for people who have had their license suspended. It contains information about getting the necessary financial responsibility forms needed to have your license reinstated.

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