If you plead guilty to a California DUI or lose the California DMV hearing associated with your California DUI arrest then you will face a license suspension. In most misdemeanor California DUI first offenses, after enrolling in a first offender program, paying a $125.00 reissue fee and filing an SR-22, you can receive a restricted license. You can only apply for a restricted license after thirty days of not driving following the suspension of your license. If you are caught driving during that thirty days you will face driving on a suspended license charge which could leave you in jail.
If you are caught driving on a suspended license following an arrest or conviction for a California DUI then you will be in violation of your probation and could face harsh sanctions from the criminal court system. If you are found with alcohol in your system then you will likely face additional criminal charges including a potential new DUI case. California laws are becoming increasingly more strict and difficult, meaning that you cannot afford to face the realities of being caught driving on a suspended license.
Unfortunately, California is not a state that is very conducive to not driving. If worse comes to worse and you are caught driving on a suspended license then the first thing you should do is contact a qualified California DUI Defense Attorney.