As of March 26, 2020
In light of the current COVID-19 situation, there is a lot of uncertainty going on with the courts and DMV. The Chastaine Law Office is doing everything we can to stay on top of the situation and to keep everyone informed. Be aware that the situation is changing almost every day. For up-to-the-minute information, you should call our office to answer any questions. We are open and available during normal office hours, 9:00am to 5:00pm. We will do our best to keep updating this blog as things change.
If you have a pending DUI, or recently entered a plea in court, there are some things that need to be done to ensure you have a valid driver’s license. In order to maintain your driver’s license, three things, need to happen: 1) you must get SR-22 insurance, 2) you need to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in your vehicle, and 3) you must enroll in a DMV DUI class.
The SR-22 may be obtained through most insurance providers. However, we recommend against using your regular insurance carrier. Rather, we encourage you to use a third-party vendor to keep your rates down. We recommend Breathe Easy Insurance. Breathe Easy is still open and operating as normal. However, their physical offices are closed to the public. You can call them at (916) 288-9820 or visit their website to get your SR-22.
Ignition Interlock Device
The IID can be obtained through many different businesses. We recommend using LifeSaver. LifeSaver is also open and operating as normal but only doing business by appointment. They are maintaining the required social distance with technicians wearing gloves when installing the IID. LifeSaver will provide the customer with the original certificate for the installation of the device. The customer must make a copy to keep in their car, with the registration, in case they are pulled over and then send the original certificate to DMV. LifeSaver can be reached at (916) 409-6085.
The DMV is still open, but also only by appointment. They are not accepting any walk-ins. The DMV DUI classes are NOT CURRENTLY accepting any enrollments. If you were required to enroll in a DUI class with the DMV by a certain date but are unable to do so due to COVID-19 related restrictions, the DMV is addressing it on a case by case basis.
The DMV is not currently setting any new Administrative Per Se (APS) hearings. After a DUI arrest you have 10 days to request a DMV APS hearing. Once an APS hearing has been requested, the DMV takes notice and places a stay on your license suspension, but no hearings are being scheduled at this time. With no court dates in the immediate future, having the DMV APS hearing pushed out is not a bad thing and will assure that your license stays valid until the matter is resolved.
We are here to help you through these tough times and will keep you informed on the changing situation. We are reaching out to our clients regularly regarding changes that specially impact them.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We can be reached at 916-932-7150.
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