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California Vehicle Code VC 13372 - Denial, Suspension, or Revocation of Ambulance Driver Certificate.

13372. (a) The department shall ( )1 refuse to issue or renew, or shall suspend or revoke an ambulance driver certificate if any of the following apply to the applicant or certificate holder:

  1. Is required to register as a sex offender under Section 290 of the Penal Code for any offense involving force, violence, threat, or intimidation.
  2. Habitually or excessively uses or is addicted to narcotics or dangerous drugs.
  3. Is on parole or probation for any felony, theft, or any crime involving force, violence, threat, or intimidation.

(b) The department may ( )1 refuse to issue or renew, or may suspend or revoke an ambulance driver certificate if any of the following apply to the applicant or certificate holder:

  1. Has been convicted ( )2 within seven years of any offense punishable as a felony or has been convicted during that period of any theft.
  2. Has committed any act involving moral turpitude, including fraud or intentional dishonesty for personal gain, within ( )3 seven years.
  3. Habitually and excessively uses intoxicating beverages.
  4. Has been convicted within ( )3 seven years of any offense ( )4 relating to the use, sale, possession, or transportation of narcotics or addictive or dangerous drugs, or of any misdemeanor involving force, violence, threat, or intimidation.
  5. Is on probation to the department for a cause involving the unsafe operation of a motor vehicle.
  6. Within ( )5 three years ( )6 has had his or her driver’s license suspended or revoked by the department for a cause involving the unsafe operation of a motor vehicle, or, within the same period, has been convicted of any of the following:
    1. Failing to stop and render aid in an accident involving injury or death.
    2. ( )7 Driving-under-the-influence of intoxicating liquor, any drug, or under the combined influence of intoxicating liquor and any drug.
    3. Reckless driving, or reckless driving involving bodily injury.
  7. Has knowingly ( )8 made a false statement or failed to disclose a material fact in his ( )9 or her application. ( )10.
  8. Has been involved as a driver in any motor vehicle accident causing death or bodily injury or in three or more motor vehicle accidents ( )11 within one year.
  9. Does not meet minimum medical standards specified in this code or in regulations adopted pursuant to this code.
  10. Has demonstrated irrational behavior or incurred a physical disability to the extent that a reasonable and prudent person would have reasonable cause to believe that the ability to perform the duties normally expected of an ambulance driver may be impaired.
  11. Has violated any provision of this code or any rule or regulation adopted by the Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol relating to the operation of emergency ambulances ( )11 within one year.
  12. Has committed any act that warrants dismissal, as provided in Section 13373.

(c) ( )12 (1) Reapplication following refusal or revocation under subdivision (a) or (b) may be made after a period of not less than one year after the effective date of the refusal or revocation, except in cases where a longer period of refusal, suspension, or revocation is required by law.

(2) Reapplication following refusal or revocation under subdivision (a) or (b) may be made if a felony or misdemeanor conviction supporting the refusal or revocation is reversed or dismissed. A termination of probation and dismissal of charges under Section 1203.4 of the Penal Code or a dismissal of charges under Section 1203.4a of the Penal Code is not a dismissal for purposes of this section.

Amended Sec. 4, Ch. 66, Stats. 2005. Effective January 1, 2006.
The 2005 amendment added the italicized material, and at the point(s) indicated, deleted the following:

  1. “deny”
  2. “during the preceding”
  3. “the preceding”
  4. “relative”
  5. “the”
  6. “immediately preceding the application”
  7. “Driving under the influence”
  8. “falsified”
  9. “and”
  10. “Applicants refused certification under this provision shall not be issued an ambulance driver certificate within 12 months of that refusal.”
  11. “during the preceding one-year period”
  12. “The department may revoke or suspend the ambulance driver certificate of any person who gives any cause, before or after issuance of the certificate, for either mandatory or discretionary refusal of certification.”

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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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