What You Need To Know About DMV Administrative Hearings

It's no secret that a DWI conviction may result in the suspension or revocation of a driver's license. But many Californians are surprised to learn that their driver's license has been suspended prior to ever setting foot in a courtroom. After a drunk driving arrest, a police officer may immediately confiscate your license, and you will likely be issued a "Notice of Suspension," usually accompanied by a temporary license.

What Happens If You Don't Take Action?

If you take no action, you will have temporary driving privileges for 30 days, after which your suspension will go into effect. If you want to contest your administrative license suspension, you must request a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles within 10 calendar days of your arrest. After that time, you lose the right to contest suspension.

What Can We Do For You?

At the Law Offices of Hanlon & Rief in San Francisco, our extensive criminal defense experience will be a benefit in every aspect of your case. We can help you request a DMV hearing and represent you at that hearing. While no law firm can guarantee results, we will explore all possible arguments for why the suspension should be overturned. We can also help you apply for a restricted license that allows you to drive to and from work. This request is separate from the DMV hearing.

You don't have time to waste after a DWI arrest. Call 415-906-3423 to set up your free initial consultation with one of our highly skilled attorneys.

Getting Your License Back After A DWI Conviction

The outcome of your administrative hearing affects your driving privileges before your charges have been resolved, but they have no bearing on your license status after conviction. If convicted of DWI, you could lose your license again, and usually for a longer period of time.

The good news is that our lawyers may be able to assist you in getting your driver's license reinstated. Drivers are usually eligible for license reinstatement once they complete most or all of the requirements of their sentence. This could include paying any applicable fines, completing a DUI treatment program and serving any jail time. We will help you understand which requirements need to be met in order to get your driver's license back as quickly as possible.

Contact us now at 415-906-3423 to discuss your legal needs in a free consultation.