One of the first steps in managing a DUI charge is to request a DMV hearing regarding your case. This hearing is a preventative measure to ensure that you will still be able to drive while your case is being processed.
Requesting a DMV hearing is a time-sensitive event, as this action must be completed within ten days following your arrest. Failing to do so means the DMV can usually confiscate your driver’s license 30 days after your arrest if it was related to alcohol. It goes without saying that not being able to drive can be devastating to a person’s income, ability to take care of their family or hope to have any social life.
While filing for a DMV hearing doesn’t make a DUI charge go away, it does allow the accused to maintain their driving privileges until their DMV case is resolved. Even more important is the fact that scheduling a hearing allows your attorney to immediately request a copy of the police report, any dashcam or body camera video, breath test equipment records, and blood tests that may be used in the prosecution of your case.
This evidence can help your DUI lawyer better prepare for your case before the DMV hearing date arrives and in many instances the criminal case. Reviewing these reports, along with thoroughly investigating the scene of the arrest, can often provide enough firepower for your attorney to get a DMV administrative suspension set-aside or obtain a dismissal or reduction in the criminal case.
Facing a DMV hearing can be intimidating for anyone not familiar with the process. That’s why you need the backing of an experienced DUI attorney to help guide you through this confusing time. The Law Office of Joshua Kaizuka has over 20 years of experience in DUI law and is ready to assist you in negotiating the settlement of your case.
If you or someone you know has recently experienced a DUI arrest, contact the Law Office of Joshua Kaizuka today to learn more about our services and find out all the ways we can help.