A New 2012 Vehicle Code means Increased DUI License Suspension.

Every year there are hundreds of new laws enacted by the State of California. Last year there were over 750 new or amended laws signed by Governor Jerry Brown.  Some are rarely used by everyday citizens (did you know that you can no longer purchase shark fins for your soup?!)  but others are Very Important for everyone to know about and understand their consequences.   An important new Vehicle Code (Section 23597) became effect on Jan. 1, 2012. This new law authorizes the court to revoke, for up to a decade, the driver’s license of any person convicted of three or more DUIs in a 10-year period.

In other words, if you are convicted of three or more DUI in 10 years, the judge may, but is not required, to revoke your driver’s license for 10 years. You may apply for reinstatement of your license with the DMV after five years, if you install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in your vehicle and meet certain other requirements. (Vehicle Code Section 23597)

California Vehicle Code 23597 states:

(a) Notwithstanding Sections 13202.5, 13203, and 13352, a court may order a 10-year revocation of the driver’s license of a person who has been convicted of three or more separate violations of Section 23152 or 23153, the last of which is punishable under Section 23546, 23550, 23550.5, or 23566. When making this order, the court shall consider all of the following:

   (1) The person’s level of remorse for the acts.

   (2) The period of time that has elapsed since the person’s previous      convictions.

   (3) The person’s blood-alcohol level at the time of the violation.

   (4) The person’s participation in an alcohol treatment program.

   (5) The person’s risk to traffic or public safety.

   (6) The person’s ability to install a certified ignition interlock device in each motor vehicle that he or she owns or operates.


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This information is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.  It does not create an attorney-client relationship.