After being arrested for DUI, you are given only 10 days to schedule a hearing at the DMV and regain your driving privileges. This process is purely administrative and is separate from the DUI criminal process. Appel & Morse can offer legal counsel during your administrative hearing and also represent you if your DUI case goes to trial.

Contact us today to learn more about the next steps moving forward with your DMV hearing. Remember you only have 10 days to fight!


The arresting officer will usually issue a “Notice of Suspension,” which also acts as a temporary license that is valid for 40 days. Remember, however, that you must schedule the hearing within 10 days after being arrested; otherwise, your license will automatically be suspended. If you win at your DMV hearing, you can regain your driving privileges.

You must also fulfill these requirements:

  • Enrollment in DUI school
  • Submission of the SR-22 insurance form
  • Payment of the $125 reinstatement fee
  • Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device

Our DUI attorneys in Santa Barbara are prepared to walk you through the steps of the DMV hearing. These appointments are more informal, and you will have the chance to provide evidence and tell your side of the story with regards to the evening. We can advise you on how to handle this process and ensure that the evidence uncovered places you in a favorable light.

What Happens if You Get Caught Driving With a Suspended License in California?

Driving with a suspended license is considered a misdemeanor in California. A first time conviction can lead to the following:

  • Imprisonment in a county jail for between five days and six months; and
  • A fine between three hundred dollars ($300) and one thousand dollars ($1,000).

After the first conviction, subsequent violations of this law, if they occur within five years of a conviction for the original offense, can result in increased jail time and fines. In addition, if your driving privileges were suspended or revoked because you were convicted of DUI, the court can require the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) that will prevent your vehicle from starting if you cannot provide a breath sample that is free from any measurable amount of alcohol.


Our husband and wife duo at Appel & Morse possesses over 40 years of combined experience and a proven record of successfully defending the rights of others, you can feel confident entrusting your case to us. We are aggressive in our approach and place our clients’ needs first.

Be sure to make an appointment with us when you are ready. We offer flexible appointment schedules and free criminal case consultations.

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