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If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), a lawyer can help you with both the criminal side of your case and your DMV hearing, which addresses the suspension of your driving privileges in California. Your DMV hearing is just as important as your criminal case, and thus it is essential that you work with an attorney on this as well.
A Los Angeles DUI lawyer at Okabe & Haushalter can help you if you have been arrested for DUI and need representation at your DMV hearing. A lawyer at our firm can schedule your hearing, fully prepare you for it and can represent you at the hearing in order to help you get the best outcome possible. The DMV Administrative Hearing is a hearing where your lawyer will have the opportunity to show that a suspension or revocation of your driving privilege is not justified. At this hearing, your attorney will present testimony and relevant evidence on your behalf. If the review shows there is no basis for the suspension or revocation, the action will be set aside and your driver’s license will be returned.
Upon getting arrested for DUI in California, the police officer is required by law to immediately forward a copy of the completed notice of suspension or revocation form and any driver’s license taken into their possession, with a sworn report, to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This means that the officer will confiscate your license and will give you a temporary license that is valid for only 30 days from the time of your DUI arrest.
Please take note that immediate action is necessary, by you or your lawyer, in order to prevent the suspension of your driver’s license. You must contact the DMV within ten days of your arrest and schedule an Administrative Per Se Hearing – otherwise, your license will be suspended upon the expiration of the 30-day temporary license you were given upon your arrest.
A DMV hearing is a part of any driving under the influence arrest. At our firm, we are experienced in representing clients at these administrative hearings in the South Bay, Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. Many DMV hearings will hinge upon whether the officer had probable cause to stop you in the first place and the experience of the officer who administered the breath test or blood test which was used to determine your blood alcohol level. Another factor critical to a successful defense in a hearing and criminal case as well is the procedural aspects of keeping the alcohol screening devices (such as a breathalyzer machine) in line with established California codes.
Contact a Los Angeles DMV hearing attorney at our firm today!