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Orange County DMV Administrative Hearing Lawyer

Once a person is arrested for DUI in Orange County, his/her driver’s license will be confiscated by law enforcement, and he/she will be given a temporary driver’s permit. This permit will allow the person to drive for up to 30 days. After 30 days, your license will be suspended unless you are successful at the DMV hearing.

To avoid suspension, the person must schedule a hearing with the DMV within 10 days of his/her arrest to contest the suspension of his/her driver’s license. If you retain our office, we will handle this request and hearing for you.

If you do not schedule your hearing within 10 days you will lose your right to a hearing and consequently lose the opportunity to win back your driving privileges.

Purpose of the DMV Hearing

It is important to understand the DMV hearing is not the same as your criminal case. It is a separate process with separate consequences. The sole purpose of the DMV hearing is to contest the suspension of your driver's license. This is simply an administrative meeting that will determine your driving privileges.

The criminal case is to determine whether you are guilty or not guilty of driving under the influence.

What Happens During a DMV Hearing?

After you schedule your hearing with the DMV, you will be issued a time and date in which you must appear. During your hearing, a DMV Hearing Officer will meet with you and your attorney in a designated room.

A DMV hearing usually involves the following:

  • You and your attorney will be able to present evidence, testimony, and arguments on why you should have your driver's license reinstated.
  • The DMV Hearing Officer serves as a prosecutor and will present evidence against you on why you should not have his/her driving privileges reinstated. The DMV Hearing Officer will also serve as a judge and make a final ruling after carefully reviewing the case facts and evidence.
  • They will focus on the circumstances surrounding your arrest, but will not determine whether you are guilty or not. What will be discussed instead is whether you took a blood or breath test, whether the officer had reasonable cause to pull you over for drunk driving, if your blood-alcohol level was over 0.08, and were you placed under lawful arrest.

If the DMV Hearing Officer finds that the allegations are true, the person will lose his/her driving privileges for a set period of time. However, if the DMV Hearing Officer finds that there are substantial legal or factual errors, the person’s driving privileges will be reinstated.

Do I Need a Lawyer for My Hearing?

Often, people choose to defend themselves. This is usually not the best idea as most people are not equipped with the training and knowledge it takes to successfully defend their case. Friends may mean well, but unless they are a DUI specialist, only a lawyer can analyze the discovery documents. In these cases, it is always beneficial to retain the services of a reliable attorney. We could defend a person during his/her DMV hearing, challenge evidence, question the arresting officer’s testimony, and also help to person obtain a hardship license.

Work with an Experienced DMV Attorney

If you have been charged with DUI, you need to consult with a skilled DMV attorney in California immediately. You only have 10 days to request a DMV Hearing in California! The Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry has been representing clients charged with DUI in Orange County for since 1989. Contact the firm today if you would like to learn more. Through a FREE consultation with the firm, you could learn exactly what we could do for you.

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