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Top Ten Questions > From Minors/Parents

7. Will my license be suspended?

Napa DUI lawyers should answer, "not necessarily right after a DUI arrest," but in a typical zero-tolerance case with no viable or successful defenses, a minor's drivers license is usually suspended for a minimum of one year after a conviction or a separate DMV adverse finding.

plumberThe best Napa DUI attorneys may offer to substantially delay any license suspension for a client under age 21 if contacted early enough in the case, and in some cases a local Napa DUI lawyer can help eliminate any actual suspension at all if successful defenses are presented in your case. There are many ways to fight a DUI. Click on Ten Tips for Fighting a DUI on this site for a more detailed discussion.

Can I get a hardship license? In a typical Napa County zero-tolerance case, with no allegation of refusal, injury or other aggravating circumstances, most minors become eligible for a critical need restricted Class "C" California license following a 30-day period of suspension by the Napa DMV if certain hardships can be shown. The best Napa County DUI lawyers know that the most important hardship which must be demonstrated is that public transportation is wholly inadequate (not just sorely inconvenient) to accomplish safe and practical travel to school, work or medical care of a family member.

This type of license following a Napa DUI is one of a variety of special restricted driving privileges provided for special needs to minors, the elderly, commercial drivers, out of state residents, etc. Click on our Napa County DUI Lawyer discussions under Ten Tips for Getting Your License Back from DMV on this site for more detailed information about getting your license back in this and many other situations. Consult with a Napa DUI lawyer about your specific case.


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