Once you have been arrested for
driving under the influence (DUI) in California, the police would have the right to confiscate your driver's
license. They will generally issue a temporary driving permit that will
expire within 30 days of your arrest, as this is when the automatic suspension
will go into effect. This suspension could last anywhere from three months
to one year, regardless of whether or not you are subsequently convicted
of DUI. Since license suspensions are considered to be a civil matter,
you will need to request a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles
within 10 days of your arrest if you would like to fight for the reinstatement
of your driving privileges.
If you fail to do so within the allotted amount of time, you must forfeit
your right to contest the suspension. For this reason, it is highly recommended
that you move quickly to discuss your case with a Solano County criminal
defense lawyer from Maas Law Offices. While the
DMV hearing is separate from the criminal trial—meaning that neither will have
any impact on the other—both are important aspects of any DUI case.
In fact, participating in a DMV hearing may even help you to build a more
effective defense against your criminal charges. Since the arresting officer
will be required to appear at the civil hearing, your attorney will have
the opportunity to cross-examine them.
Regardless of whether or not you are ultimately successful in restoring
your driver's license, giving your
Solano County DUI lawyer the opportunity to cross-examine the arresting officer before your criminal
trial can be extremely beneficial—as this can help them to uncover
valuable information about your case and subsequently build a more effective
defense. If the officer is unprepared or admits to making a mistake, their
testimony can be used to your advantage during the criminal proceedings.
For this reason, and the fact that you would have the chance to fight
for the reinstatement of your driving privileges, you should not hesitate
to schedule a DMV hearing after being arrested for DUI.
To ensure that you are able to schedule a hearing within 10 days of your
arrest, it is highly recommended that you get in touch with the Solano
County criminal attorneys at our firm as soon as possible. The sooner
they are on your case, the better chance you will have at saving your
license. That being said, there is no reason why you should wait any longer
to take the first step. When you
contact Maas Law Offices at (800) 483-0992 or submit a
free case evaluation form online, our advice won't cost you a thing!