DMV HEARING LAWYER
Once a person is arrested for DUI in Fresno, Merced, Madera, Kings or Tulare County, their driver's license will be confiscated by law enforcement, and they will be given a temporary driver's permit. This permit will allow the person to drive for up to 30 days. After the 30-day period, the person's driving privileges will automatically be suspended. To avoid automatic suspension, the person must schedule a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within 10 days of their arrest to contest the suspension of their driver's license.
DUI Lawyer Representing Clients at DMV Hearings
After the person has scheduled the hearing with the DMV, they will be issued a time and date in which they must appear at the DMV Drive's Safety Office in Fresno. During the DMV hearing, a DMV representative will conduct the hearing which is similar to a court trial. The DMV representative has two roles. First, the DMV representative serves as the prosecutor. This means that the representative will present evidence against the person and argue the person should have their driving privileges suspended. Second, the DMV representative will serve as the judge, meaning the representative will make a final ruling after reviewing the facts and evidence.
If the DMV representative finds that the person is guilty, the person will lose their driving privileges for a set period of time. However, if the DMV representative finds that the person is not guilty, the person's driving privileges will be reinstated.
Some people choose to defend themselves during their DMV Hearing. This is usually not the best idea as most people are not equipped with the training and knowledge it takes to successfully defend their case. In these cases, it is always best to retain the services of a DUI defense attorney. An DUI attorney is better equipped to challenge the evidence, and question the arresting officer.
DMV Hearing Attorney
If you have been charged with DUI you need to consult with a experienced DUI defense attorney immediately. You only have 10 days to request a DMV Hearing.
The help of a good lawyer is critical in limiting the damage that a criminal or DUI case can have on your family, your life and your livelihood. Of course a good lawyer can minimize the penalties such as jail, fines and license suspension or revocation.
David E. Jones is a former Deputy District Attorney and a highly skilled DUI/DWI and criminal defense lawyer with more than 20 years of experience helping clients who are facing State and Federal criminal charges.