Prior to 1/1/2012, the law required that if a person was convicted of a specified DUI offense within 10 years of 2, or 3, or more prior specified DUI offenses that the person be punished by enhanced penalties, and that the person's privilege to operate a motor vehicle could be revoked for a period of 2, 3, 4, or 5 years.
Effective January 1, 2012, section 23597 was added to the California Vehicle Code.The new law authorizes a court to order a 10-year revocation of the driver's license of a person who has been convicted of 3 or more specified DUI offenses if the court considers certain factors including, but not limited to, the period of time that has elapsed since his or her previous DUI convictions.
However, the new law also authorizes a person who had his or her driver's license revoked for 10 years to apply to DMV 5 years from the date of the last DUI conviction to have his or her privilege to operate a motor vehicle reinstated subject to certain conditions including, among other things, the condition that the person was not convicted or any other drug-or-alcohol-related offenses, under state law during the driver's license revocation period.
If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, contact:
Christine McGuire, Criminal Defense Attorney
Santa Cruz, Monterey, Santa Clara County