I was arrested for drunk driving in California. I was also charged with refusing to submit to chemical testing. My license was immediately suspended. I went to a hearing at the DMV Driver Safety Office in order to dispute the "refusal to test" charge. I didnt refuse to test. (I asked for a blood test,but the nurse was unable to obtain a sample). The arresting officer also appeared, and we both gave our version of events. The DMV concluded that the officers version was more believable...because I was drunk. I fought my case in criminal court. I had a jury trial and was found NOT guilty of all charges. I called the DMV to find out how to get my license back. They said that I had to take a drug test, show completion of a program, pay $140 reinstatement fee, and file an SR22 for insurance....and then they would CONSIDER reopening my case. I realize that the DMV and the criminal court are separate entities, but 12 jurors found me NOT gulty. I did nothing wrong. Is there any other way to get my license back? Or do I have to jump the the hoops with the DMV? I have no prior record. My driving record was spotless before this incident.
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