An arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in California means not only going to criminal court, but in almost all cases, it means facing the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). It is very important to immediately contact a lawyer when you first get arrested for a DUI. You only have ten (10) days from the date you were arrested, to request a DMV hearing. This prevents your driver’s license from being automatically suspended. If you don’t request the hearing, your license will be suspended for at least 30 days.