FIGHT TO KEEP YOUR DRIVING PRIVILEGES
After many traffic violations, such as driving under the influence (DUI), an individual may be penalized with a license suspension. This means that they are no longer legally able to operate a motor vehicle. License suspension could affect a person’s ability to work or attend school, or cause them to depend on others for transportation. However, it may be possible for them to hire a DMV lawyer and attend a DMV hearing to request a reinstatement of their license.
THE DMV HEARING PROCESS IN CALIFORNIA
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has a very specific administrative hearing process. To start off, drivers must request an administrative hearing within 10 days of their license suspension. These hearings can be conducted over the phone or in person and are conducted by a DMV employee known as a Driver Safety Hearing Officer, not a judge and jury. During a hearing, a driver is able to review the evidence against them and challenge it, after which time the Hearing Officer could sustain, modify, or dismiss the suspension.
Drivers are not required to have legal representation during these hearings. However, it is very wise to do so since a Fresno criminal defense attorney will have detailed training and valuable experience in trial cases and could ensure that you receive the treatment and outcome that you deserve. Consult with a defense lawyer today to learn more.