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California Vehicle Code VC 23626 - Effect of Conviction in Another Jurisdiction

23626. A conviction of an offense in any state, territory, or possession of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the Dominion of Canada which, if committed in this state, would be a violation of Section 23152 or 23153 of this code, or Section 191.5 of, or paragraph (3) of subdivision (c) of Section 192 of, the Penal Code, is a conviction of Section 23152 or 23153 of this code, or Section 191.5 of, or paragraph (3) of subdivision (c) of Section 192 of, the Penal Code for the purposes of this code.

Added Sec. 84, Ch. 118, Stats. 1998. Effective January 1, 1999. Operative July 1, 1999.

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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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