What is a DMV Hearing and When Do I Need One?
January 4, 2010

A DMV hearing is an administrative proceeding at which the DMV determines whether or not to suspend or revoke your driver’s license. Most often, DMV hearings are associated with an arrest for a DUI. After you have been arrested for a DUI, you have 10 days to schedule a DMV hearing where you will have a chance to make arguments to keep your license from being suspended or revoked.

The DMV hearing is a separate proceeding from a criminal court hearing. If you are arrested for a DUI, you will automatically be scheduled for a court arraignment and you must appear (unless you are wise enough to retain an experienced California DUI defense firm, in which case they can appear on your behalf without you having to appear).

DMV hearings are not automatic and not mandatory. If you exercise your legal right to demand a hearing then you will provide a hearing so long as you act within the ten day time period under the law. However, it is important to note that the DMV hearing is completely separate from the criminal case. You should likely retain the same law firm to represent you in both legal matters.

Since DMV hearings are not automatic and are not required, it is important that your hire an experienced DUI defense attorney from the moment you are arrested. The DUI attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have over 30 years of experience in handling DMV hearings and DUI criminal proceedings. We act quickly to schedule a DMV hearing and have a good track record of client’s keeping their privilege to drive. If you or a loved one has been arrested for a DUI, you should call Wallin & Klarich immediately. Our attorneys can be reached by phone at (877) 466-5245.

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