New Law Stops Suspension for Non-Vehicle Related Crimes
Starting January 1, 2020, a new law stops courts from suspending or restrict a person’s driver license for some offenses that are non-vehicle related.
It includes offenses related to:
- Controlled substance or alcohol use, possession, or related conduct
- Firearm use
Under the new law, Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may not delay licensure for a person convicted of such crimes, including a minor convicted of unlawful possession or use of a firearm.
Offenses Involving a Vehicle
Regardless if a vehicle was involved or not, the court or DMV can no longer suspend (or delay) a license for:
- A conviction of soliciting or engaging in prostitution or specified lewd or dissolute conduct.
- A conviction related to possession, purchase, sale, or transport of controlled substances.
Other vehicle-related offenses, such as driving under the influence (DUI), are not covered by this new law and will still have severe consequences, including license suspension or revocation.
Read more in the 2020 California Driver Handbook.
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