DMV License Suspension
the DMV Hearing
NOTHING TO LOSE.
EVERYTHING TO LOSE.
I. Learn more about your case - before you spend money on criminal defense.
II. Save your driver's license before the deadline runs.
III. Be prepared before your court case begins.
When you are arrested for DUI in San Diego (or anywhere in California), you will also have your license confiscated - usually - by the police at the time of the arrest.
Of the paperwork you are given once released from jail, you will most likely have a pink piece of paper with the DMV logo on it:
THIS IS YOUR TEMPORARY LICENSE,
YOUR NOTICE OF SUSPENSION AND
INFORMATION ON HOW TO PREVENT THAT SUSPENSION.
This document serves as your temporary license. It is also considered to be your notice by the arresting officer that your license will be suspended by the DMV in 30 days. This is important: your license suspension will go into effect 30 days from the DMV arrest unless you request a hearing from the DMV.
YOU HAVE TEN CALENDAR DAYS
BEFORE YOU LOSE YOUR RIGHT!
You have ten days to do so. Ten calendar days, not business days. This is something we can do for you: schedule your DMV hearing and request a copy of all the police reports: the arrest report, the officer’s sworn statement, also known as the DS-367, the collision report, if there was an accident, as well as any chemical test results from blood, breath or urine tests. You will aslo get a copy of your updated driving record.
THE DMV IS SEPARATE FROM
THE CRIMINAL PROSECUTION IN COURT.
This is entirely separate from the court process. The DMV will take action against you. And this is an important hearing to gauge your case ahead of time. Many times, we can obtain all the reports before your arraignment - in the case of a misdemeanor arrest, since the arraignment date in court is usually weeks after the arrest. Felony DUI arrests are usually brought into court much sooner - within the first week of the arrest.
PUBLIC DEFENDERS CANNOT REPRESENT YOU AT THE DMV - BUT BY THE TIME MOST PEOPLE LEARN THIS,
IT'S TOO LATE TO GET A LAWYER.
DON'T BE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE. YOU HAVE TEN DAYS FROM THE ARREST TO REQUEST THE DMV HEARING.
LET US DO IT FOR YOU.
But the point on the DMV hearing is this: even if you are able to qualify for a public defender, they cannot represent you at the DMV hearing. And losing your license can have the most dramatic effect on your life at this point. You need representation early - in order to save your license as well as identify what issues present themselves before you invest the money in a full DUI defense in court.
No-one intelligent ever said they regret being prepared with information before they made a decision to spend money. So, contact our firm immediately to get the ball rolling on the DMV matter. Let’s get the police reports and analyze your case before you decide to hire an attorney for the court matter.
MISDEMEANORS & FELONIES - DMV REPRESENTATION IS ESSENTIAL
Again, felony DUI are usually based on an injury to a third party in addition to the DUI itself, whether it is an injury to someone in another vehicle, a pedestrian or even someone in your own vehicle. Felony DUI can also be charged when a person has been convicted of three prior DUI’s in the past ten years and they are now looking at a fourth. This is rare, but it does happen.
Our goal is to get you the help you need to treat your disease - the disease of addiction - rather than jail time. This is something every has in common: the goal of ending a pattern of reckless behavior when drinking. The judge, the prosecution, the defense and clearly, the client or defendant - everyone wants to solve the ongoing problem. And most people will admit that jail cells don’t cure diseases.