Long Beach DMV Hearing Attorney
A DMV hearing may also be referred to as an administrative per se (APS) hearing. It is a hearing held at the local California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). While held similarly to a court procedure, with evidence presented, a DMV employee who has no legal training will oversee this hearing and deliver a judgment/decision regarding the suspension of driving privileges.
You only have 10 days to save your license!
An individual only has 10 days after his/her Long Beach DUI arrest to 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, it is imperative that you contact our firm about your case. If we take on your case, we can provide representation at your hearing in order to help you keep your license.
Common DMV Hearing Questions
Is the DMV hearing the same thing as my criminal case?
No, these are two completely separate aspects of a DUI case in California. The DMV hearing is an administrative proceeding that will deal with the suspension of your license.
What are some of the issues discussed at a DMV hearing?
As explained above, the DMV hearing will focus entirely on your right to drive. As such, it will look into the chemical tests you took, whether or not the peace officer had reasonable cause to believe you were under the influence, whether or not you were placed under lawful arrest, and whether or not you were driving a motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.08%.
Do I need to attend the DMV hearing?
No, you are not required to schedule this hearing; however, you should know that as soon as you forfeit this right, you are giving up the opportunity to defend your right to drive. Therefore, we encourage you to contact our firm to ensure you are properly defended.
What happens if my DUI charges are reduced or dismissed?
Whatever happens in your criminal case (ex: DUI charges being reduced to reckless driving) is completely separate from the DMV hearing and will have no bearing on this hearing.
Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with Our DUI Law Firm
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. Therefore, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible for the help you deserve.