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Why you need to schedule a DMV hearing if you’ve been charged with a DUI

Getting arrested for a DUI or DWI in Orange County can be one of the scariest moments of your life. In the confusion of having to perform field sobriety tests, take a blood alcohol test and being taken to jail, you may not have noticed the pink sheet that the officer gave you if and when he confiscated your driver’s license. That pink sheet of paper serves as your temporary license and has an important warning: “You must call the DMV to schedule a hearing within 10 days of your arrest”.

Why is this so important? When you are arrested for a DUI or DWI, there are two agencies that prosecute you– the state (meaning the District Attorney’s office or City Attorney for those living in Anaheim) and the DMV. The state can impose penalties such as jail, fines, classes, community service and probation. The DMV imposes an additional penalty- it tries to suspend your driver’s license.

At the DMV hearing three issues will be investigated: 1) Did the officer have reasonable suspicion to believe that you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs when you were driving? 2) Were you lawfully arrested? 3) Was your blood alcohol concentration .08 or greater?

If you are arrested for a DUI or DWI, you should contact an Orange County criminal lawyer as soon as possible. You only have 10 days to schedule a hearing with the DMV to try and prevent them from suspending your driver’s license. The Law Offices of Staycie R. Sena can schedule this hearing for you and represent you at the hearing. We can also keep your license from being suspended in the interim. We have won many DMV hearings.  Most DMV hearings are FREE with representation.

To preserve your rights and have the Law Offices of Staycie R. Sena schedule a DMV hearing for you now, call (949) 477-8088.

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