When you are charged with a DUI you should receive notice that you are entitled to a Driver’s License Hearing. This is an important right--do not waive it by failing to schedule a hearing. You only have 10 days (including weekends, holidays etc.) to schedule a hearing, and we always recommend that you do.
What is the point of a Driver’s License Hearing?
The hearing is purely administrative in scope and is heard by an employee of the driver’s license division. The purpose is to allow you to 1. Learn valuable information about your case and 2. Present your case for keeping your license--a very important consideration for most people!
What happens at the hearing?
The police officer who arrested you is required to attend the hearing and testify. This gives your attorney an important first shot at asking the Officer questions about the circumstances that led up to the arrest, the administration of field sobriety tests, the certification of the intoxilyzer machine, etc. At every step of the way, your attorney will be looking to make sure that things were done right. Sometimes the police officer made an error. Sometimes the intoxilyzer machine wasn’t working correctly. Sometimes the blood test results come back under the legal limit. Sometimes the initial stop of your vehicle was not legally permissible. The information your attorney gets in this hearing may help resolve your case much more quickly . . . and it may help you get your license back sooner.
Were you arrested for DUI? Call us and schedule a free consultation today. We recommend hiring an attorney right away so that your attorney can help you navigate the driver’s license hearing.