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California Vehicle Code VC 13354 - Driver’s License Actions: Consecutive.

13354 (a) Notwithstanding Section 13366, if (1) an abstract of conviction is received by the department for an offense which requires the department to restrict, suspend, or revoke the privilege to operate a motor vehicle of a person after conviction or finding of a violation pursuant to Section 13352 or 13352.5, (2) there is a suspension of that person’s privilege to operate a motor vehicle already in effect for refusal to consent to, or for failure to complete, a chemical test pursuant to Section 13353 or a suspension already in effect for driving with an excessive alcohol content in the person’s blood pursuant to Section 13353.2, (3) that suspension is administratively final and resulted from the same arrest, and (4) the sentencing court orders these restrictions, suspensions, revocations, or a combination thereof to run consecutively, then the restriction, suspension, or revocation resulting from the conviction or finding pursuant to Section 13352 or 13352.5 shall commence after the suspension already in effect pursuant to Section 13353 or 13353.2 has terminated, except as provided in subdivision (c) of Section 13353.3.

(b) Notwithstanding Section 13366, if (1) the department is required to suspend a person’s privilege to operate a motor vehicle for refusal to consent to, or for failure to complete, a chemical test pursuant to Section 13353 or to suspend a person’s privilege to operate a motor vehicle for driving with an excessive alcohol content in the person’s blood pursuant to Section 13353.2, (2) there is a restriction, suspension, or revocation of the person’s privilege to operate a motor vehicle already in effect for a conviction or finding of a violation pursuant to Section 13352 or 13352.5 which resulted from the same arrest, and (3) the sentencing court orders these restrictions, suspensions, revocations, or a combination thereof to run consecutively, then the suspension for refusal to consent to, or for failure to complete, the chemical test pursuant to Section 13353 or the suspension of that person’s privilege to operate a motor vehicle already in effect for driving with an excessive alcohol content in the person’s blood pursuant to Section 13353.2 shall commence after the restriction, suspension, or revocation already in effect pursuant to Section 13352 or 13352.5 has terminated, except as provided in subdivision (c) of Section 13353.3.

(c) The purpose of this section is to require that any suspension under Section 13353 or 13353.2 and any restriction, suspension or revocation under Section 13352 or 13352.5 resulting from the same arrest are cumulative and shall be imposed consecutively, if so ordered by the court.

(d) This section shall become inoperative on September 20, 2005, and, as of January 1, 2006, is repealed, unless a later enacted statute that is enacted before January 1, 2006, deletes or extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed.

Amended and repealed Sec. 11, Ch. 551, Stats. 2004. Effective January 1, 2005.
Repeal operative January 1, 2006.

NOTE: The preceding section becomes inoperative on September 20, 2005, and is repealed January 1, 2006.

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California DUI arrests (also known as DWI) trigger two separate cases: the DMV action, where a person's driving privileges hang in the balance, and the court case, where a variety of DUI punishment is available. For anyone charged with drunk driving in California, it is vital to note that persons arrested for DUI have only 10 days from the date of arrest to request a hearing with the DMV. If someone arrested for drunk driving does not request the hearing on time, his or her license will be suspended, automatically, on the 30th day following the arrest. It is critical for anyone charged with a California DUI or other drunk driving offense to obtain the services of a California DUI lawyer that understands the relationship between the court and DMV.

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