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San Francisco, California Driver's License Reinstatement Lawyer

Napa Driver's License Reinstatement Attorney

Marin County Attorney Helps Clients Get their Driver's Licenses Back After a DUI

Driver's license suspension is one of the most difficult California DUI penalties to deal with. Most of us rely on our vehicles to get to and from work or school or to take care of other obligations. If you have been pulled over for DUI and had your license suspended, it may be possible to have it reinstated sooner rather than later. A skilled DUI defense attorney can thoroughly review your case and determine how soon a driver's license reinstatement may be possible.

For over three decades, Burglin Law Offices, P.C. has successfully represented clients who have been charged with DUI in Marin County and throughout northern California. Attorney Paul Burglin is co-author of the well-known legal guide California Drunk Driving Law, a two-volume treatise that is commonly referred to as the "Bible of DUI defense." Paul knows the California DUI process inside and out, and he knows what DUI defense strategies work best to obtain a driver's license reinstatement.

Paul has filed many writs against the California Department of Motor Vehicles for the improper suspension or revocation of a license, or the unlawful denial of a restricted license (for work or BAIID), and he has prevailed in most of these cases. His successful track record in this area of the law is a major reason DMV hearing officers frequently contact him when one of their friends or family members finds themselves in legal trouble because of a DUI arrest.

Steps to Reinstating your Driver's License after DUI in California

If you have missed the 10-day window to request a DMV administrative hearing and/or you have already been convicted of a DUI, you must follow the required steps for a driver's license reinstatement, including:

  • Completing the full term of your suspension (e.g., six months, one year, etc.);
  • Serving your full jail or prison sentence;
  • Completing DUI traffic school;
  • Fulfilling additional sentencing requirements (e.g., alcohol treatment, community service, installation of a breath alcohol ignition interlock device);
  • Obtaining specialized auto insurance using the form SR-22;
  • Applying for reinstatement; and
  • Paying the required reinstatement fees.

Obtaining a Restricted License

If you were convicted for a first-time DUI and you submitted to the mandatory chemical test after your arrest, you may be eligible to obtain a restricted license, allowing you to drive to and from work or school. The requirements for a restricted license may include:

  • A form SR-22 for insurance;
  • Enrollment in DUI school;
  • Installation of a breath alcohol ignition interlock device; and
  • Payment of the reissuing fee.

Speak with an Experienced San Francisco Driver's License Reinstatement Lawyer

If you are facing DUI charges or you have already been convicted for DUI, getting your driver's license reinstated is likely one of your top priorities. Attorney Paul Burglin thoroughly understands the California DUI laws, and what legal avenues to pursue to avoid a driver's license suspension in the first place, or to obtain a reinstatement as quickly as possible.

If you are serious about regaining your driving privileges after a DUI, contact attorney Burglin today at 415-729-7300 for a free, personalized consultation. We serve clients throughout the Bay Area, including Marin County, Tiburon, Sausalito, Mill Valley, Larkspur, San Rafael, Novato, San Anselmo, and Fairfax. We handle locals and tourists cited in the wine country, Sonoma and Napa, as well as those cited in San Francisco, Oakland, and Martinez.
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