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Posted about 5 years ago.

When does the suspension start? Is it before sentencing or after? I have to enroll in classes and I'm trying to get my license back as soon as possible.

Robert Lee Marshall
Robert Lee Marshall, DUI / DWI Attorney - Chico, CA
Posted about 5 years ago.

I take it you aren't the person who asked this question, two years ago!

There are two ways your license can be suspended: after a conviction in criminal court, and through the DMV administrative process. They work independently.

When you're arrested for a DUI, the officer will usually take your license and give you a pink piece of paper, which is the DMV DS-367 form. If you don't contact DMV within ten days to request a hearing, your license will automatically be suspended 30 days after your arrest. If you request a hearing, DMV will allow you to drive, pending the outcome of the hearing.

If you lose the DMV hearing, you have to serve a "hard" 30 day suspension before you're eligible for a restricted license.

All of this assumes many things, including that you're 21 or older, this is a first offense, and you didn't refuse to take a chemical test.

I'd suggest posting a new question with those specific details, instead of adding a comment to an old question. You're much more likely to get an answer. Keep in mind that laws can change over a two year period, too.