A DMV hearing may also be referred to as an administrative per se hearing or APS hearing. This is a hearing held at the local Drivers Safety Office of the California Department of Motor Vehicles. While held similarly to a court procedure, with evidence presented, a DMV employee (Hearing Officer), who has no legal training, will oversee this hearing and deliver a judgment/decision regarding the suspension of driving privileges.
At Gold & Witham, our defense lawyers prepare for DMV hearings as we would prepare a normal case, with extensive investigation and information prepared in an effort to help our client have his/her driving privileges reinstated. We understand that the DMV hearing is just as important as the criminal case, particularly because it acts as a form of preparation for the criminal
DUI court process as well.
DMV Hearings - The 10 Day Rule
An individual only has 10 days after his/her Long Beach DUI arrest to contact the DMV and schedule a DMV hearing. The failure to do so will result in the suspension of his/her driver's license, regardless of whether found guilty in criminal court for driving under the influence.
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence in or around Long Beach, California, it is imperative that you contact our firm and consult a DUI lawyer about your case and your DMV hearing. If we take on your case, we can provide representation at your hearing in order to prepare for your criminal case and help you keep your driver's license.