Advantages of Having an Orange County DUI Lawyer at Your DMV Administrative Hearing
If you are arrested for an Orange County DUI, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) could suspend your driver’s license. Before your the suspension takes effect, you are entitled to a California DMV hearing to challenge whether a driver’s license suspension should be imposed.
You do not need to have an attorney for your DMV hearing; you may attend on your own and represent yourself. However, there are many advantages of having a skilled Orange County DUI lawyer with you at your DMV administrative hearing including the following four.
Your DUI attorney can request the hearing for you.
First, as your Orange County DUI lawyers, we can request the hearing on your behalf by mail or fax, rather than phone, to minimize the likelihood that the DMV will lose the request and claim that you never made it. Remember, you only have 10 days to request a hearing or your right to challenge your suspension is waived.
Your DUI Attorney may be able to save your license on a technicality.
Second, the chances of you succeeding at the hearing and preventing your license from being suspended greatly increase if you have a DUI lawyer representing you. It may be possible to win the hearing by convincing the hearing officer that the DMV has failed to prove an essential element of its case. In fact, it may even be possible to win the hearing on a technicality by finding a problem with the paperwork or when a witness for the DMV fails to appear.
Your DUI attorney can subpoena and question the arresting officer.
Third, an Orange County DUI lawyer can subpoena the arresting officer and other witnesses so that they must attend the hearing. Through questioning the arresting officer at the hearing, your DUI lawyer will get a good preview of what the officer and witnesses will testify about if your DUI case goes to trial.
Your DUI attorney can obtain information vital to defending you in court.
Lastly, even if your Orange County DUI lawyer is not able to save your license from suspension, he or she will be able to question the arresting officer at the hearing and obtain documents and information from the DMV hearing process that will be vital in defending you in court on your DUI charge. The officer is often less guarded and less well prepared at the hearing and more likely to say things that are helpful to your case.
Contact Orange County DUI Lawyers
If you have been arrested for an Orange County DUI, don’t delay seeking legal help. Having a skilled Orange County DUI lawyer with you at your DMV administrative hearing can not only help you in preserving your driving privileges, but also provide vital information for defending you in court on your DUI charge. For a free consultation, please contact the Orange County DUI attorneys at Coffey and Coffey by phoning (800) 706-7888 today.