March 29, 2010 By Wallin & Klarich

A Lifetime Revocation of Driving Privileges and How an Experienced Southern California Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help You Retain This Privilege – California Penal Code 245

The punishments associated with being convicted with a crime can lead to prison time, fines, probation, rehabilitation programs, and the loss of certain privileges. For many people, the most significant potential privilege to be lost is their driving privilege. Under California law, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will issue a revocation of driving privileges to a person convicted of California assault with a deadly weapon when a vehicle is used as the deadly weapon or instrument in that offense. The law holds that a felony conviction will result in a lifetime revocation of the driving privileges of the person convicted.

California Penal Code section 245 states any person who commits an assault upon the person of another with a deadly weapon or instrument other than a firearm or by any means of force likely to produce great bodily injury is guilty of assault with a deadly weapon.” As of 2009, the law states that if the deadly weapon used to commit the assault is a motor vehicle, the California Department of Motor Vehicles “shall not reinstate a privilege revoked under any circumstances. As such, the individual convicted of the crime will face a lifetime revocation of driving privileges.”

If you are required to drive to and from work or school or are depended upon to drive for loved ones, it is imperative that you hire an aggressive criminal defense attorney. Hiring an experienced criminal defense law firm can greatly increase your chances of keeping your license. The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been successfully defending people facing criminal charges for over 30 years.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, you should call the experienced Southern California criminal defense attorneys at Wallin & Klarich immediately. Our attorneys have the skill and expertise to provide you with the best possible defense. Our attorneys can be reached by phone at 1-888-280-6839 or through our website We will be there when you call.

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