If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), time is of the essence. Your decisions from here on out could have a crucial impact on your future because if you make the wrong choices then you could lose your driving privileges. The DMV hearing is a completely separate process and an entity outside of the criminal proceedings. After being arrested you are given temporary papers that act as a license for as long as 30 days after your arrest. After that, your license may be suspended which is why you must schedule a DMV hearing to contest it.
In California, you only have 10 days after being arrested to schedule the hearing; failure to do so will result in an automatic license suspension. The hearing will be held in the Driver Safety Office (DSO) in the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Your attorney could schedule this hearing for you on your behalf and stand in as your legal representative. The DMV is the only institution that has the right to suspend and revoke your license and the results of this hearing will determine if you are allowed to keep your license or not. So many drivers forget that driving is not a right but a privilege that can be taken away at a moment’s notice. This is why you need a hard-hitting attorney to fight by your side and stand up for you during this process.
In a DMV hearing, an employee of the department acts much as a judge does in a court of law. He or she reviews the facts of the case to ensure that technically the facts warrant suspension or revocation. An experienced DMV hearing defense lawyer who understands the hearing procedure and the laws which apply to the case can question witnesses and present evidence which tells your side of the story. Our legal team has handled numerous suspension and revocation defenses takes the time to analyze your case, and develop a strong defense strategy.
We understand what a suspension can mean and work tirelessly to provide a defense calculated to obtain a positive outcome in DMV hearings concerning:
It is important that your attorney does everything in their power to protect your reputation, defend your rights, and pursue your best interests. They should do a thorough investigation of their own and challenge the evidence against you to tear apart the prosecution’s defense. Our attorneys at Okabe & Haushalter have ample experience with DMV hearings and they work tirelessly to obtain the most favorable outcome for our clients’ cases. It is essential that you get us involved as soon as possible so you do not miss the legal deadline for the hearing and lose your right to drive. We also want to remind you that you have the right to remain silent and should not speak to law enforcement officials about your case without your attorney being present. So contact our San Francisco office today and obtain the qualified defense you need.
Whether you are facing criminal charges or an administrative DMV hearing, you need high-quality legal representation. Call Okabe and Haushalter for an initial consultation.