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When does the license suspension start?does it start on the day sentenced or when I plead guilty?

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The revocation for an individual's license for an alcohol related offense begins immediately after sentencing unless there is a stay granted by the court. That means, an individual can't even drive home from court legally after their sentencing. You should consult your attorney to make sure a stay wasn't granted.


At sentencing.

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It begins on the date you are sentenced. You will be revoked for one (1) year from that date.


It depends on the charges there is not enough information to give you an answer.



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I agree with my colleagues but would add that the distinction between suspension and revocation is significant. The question asked about a suspension. Assuming this is correct it seems the individual is pleading to 1192.1 which entails a 90 day suspension from the date of sentence. If he were pleading to a first offense DWI the revocation would be six months (except for aggravated DWI 1192.2a - which is one year). The suspension terminates after ninety days (you do have to go to DMV and pay a suspension termination fee first!). However, a revocation means you are revoked for at least the amount of time specified; after which you can make an application to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to restore your license. Stated differently, you no longer have a license after revocation.


License suspension does not occur on the date of plea unless you are sentenced the same day. Sometimes there is a plea and sentence. If the court must adjourn the case for sentence then your suspension will occur on that date.

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