Bay Area DUI Cases: What to expect from the DMV
The DUI process can be confusing as there are two separate processes that must be addressed in a timely manner: the DMV hearing and the criminal trial. First, if you have been charged with DUI, it's important to act quickly as you only have 10 days to schedule a hearing with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Failing to schedule this hearing within the 10-day limit may result in the automatic suspension of your driver's license. This hearing could mean the difference between keeping and losing your driver's license.
California's 10 Day Rule
As soon as you are arrested for DUI, the police will confiscate your driver's license and issue a 30-day pink paper (DS 367) to serve as your temporary driving permit. You then have 10 calendar days from the date of your arrest to schedule an administrative hearing with the DMV. The DMV will not automatically give you a hearing—you must ask for it. It is crucial that you set up this hearing within 10 days following your arrest. If you do not request a hearing, your license will immediately be suspended as soon as your 30-day temporary permit has expired.
Contact an Alameda & Contra Costa County DMV Hearings Lawyer
The DMV hearing is your chance to fight to preserve your driving privileges. For something as important as protecting your right to drive, it's important to hire an experienced DUI defense lawyer. A Contra Costa or Alameda County DUI attorney like Lynn Gorelick can protect your rights and help you avoid a suspended license. Ms. Gorelick has a great deal of experience in DUI law, specifically in providing high quality representation to clients at their DMV hearings. Ms. Gorelick has helped hundreds of clients throughout Alameda County, Contra Costa County, and the Bay Area keep their driver's licenses, and can do the same for you.
If you are looking for a trustworthy DUI attorney who has the expertise, knowledge, and skill to competently represent you at your DMV hearing, then look no further. Contact the Gorelick Law Offices at (510) 785-1444 or (925) 847-3006, and let Ms. Gorelick help you during this often uneasy, confusing, and frightening time!