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Posted by David Welch | Nov 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

What can be done if you are under the age of 21 and your California Drivers License is suspended for one year?

Unlike those over 21, DMV decisions involving individuals alleged to have driven with .01% or greater are subjected to a ONE YEAR SUSPENSION. 

There is an application called "Critical Need" that may allow those under 21 to apply for a restricted license in certain hardship instances. Living in a state with limited and/or expensive public transportation options, the need to drive is important for survival.

This application is discretionary with no guarantee of approval. The applicant driver must be legally present in California with certain hardship conditions existing.

The driver can be eligible for a restricted hardship license if the driver did not refuse to take a Preliminary Alcohol Screening or other chemical test required by a peace officer. In addition, transportation options available to the applicant must be inadequate in the DMV's opinion and driving is a necessity. 

The driving cannot be simply an abstract need, but must articulate specific reasons, for example, to and from school, concerning a family illness, to and from work and/or income needed for family.
The steps needed are to: complete the DMV's DS 694 application form and to mail it to the nearest Driver Safety office. 
A DMV representative will provide notice of their decision within ten working days.

This blog post is not meant to provide legal advice nor is it meant to indicate whether or not an individual is eligible for the restricted license. Feel free to contact us should you require assistance.
Thank you very much,
David Welch

About the Author

David Welch

First and foremost, Attorney David Welch is an experienced litigator. With over two decades of experience handling hundreds of cases, he prides himself on his zealous representation of his clients. While most cases do not proceed to trial, his record of success enables him fearlessly advocate through negotiations or, if necessary, jury trial. Attorney Welch received his Bachelor's degree from San Diego State University and his Juris Doctor from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law located in San Diego, California. Since 1995, he has developed an extensive background in criminal law as well as in civil litigation. He has handled hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases ranging from DUI and juvenile matters to domestic violence, white collar crimes, sex crimes and violent crimes. His clients have included professionals such as nurses, doctors, teachers, military personnel in all branches of the US Military. David A. Welch is licensed to practice law in the State of California as well as the United States District Court. He has established a strong presence throughout Southern California Courts. Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice: California State Bar, 1995 American Bar Association, 1995 California Courts (Includes California Superior, Appeals and Supreme Courts), 1995 U.S. District Court, 1996 Professional & Bar Association Memberships State Bar of California DUI Defense Lawyers Association National College of DUI Defense Member Since: 2008 Litigation Percentage 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation Civil Litigation Personal Injury Corporate Law Criminal Defense Manslaughter Hate Crimes Fraud Crimes Restraining Orders Hate Crimes Weapons Charges Juvenile Crimes Misdemeanor and Felony Expungement Certificate of Rehabilitation Governor Pardons


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