Riverside DUI Attorney for DMV Hearings
Skilled Representation for License Suspension Appeals
If you have been arrested on a charge of
DUI, the officer may have automatically revoked your license.
You only have ten days after an arrest to request a DMV hearing to appeal
the suspension. If you fail to do this, you may lose your driving privileges for a duration
of 6 months, or even longer. Driving while your license is suspended is
a crime punishable with jail time and heavy fines.
criminal defense attorneys in Riverside have 50+ years of combined experience.
Contact our firm today to protect your driving privileges!
Preventing Automatic License Suspension
In California, the driver's license suspension procedure is separate
from the criminal trial of your DUI charge.
This means that you must defend yourself in two separate legal procedures. The DMV hearing is a vital step in preventing your license from being
automatically suspended after an arrest.
If your license is suspended, you may not drive a vehicle for any reason,
- Traveling to and back from school or work
- As part of an occupation (i.e., truck drivers)
- To run errands and perform other responsibilities
At Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich, we provide effective defense
to our clients during their criminal trial and their DMV hearing. In both
situations, it is vital for you to preserve your driving privileges and
prevent a DUI arrest from affecting your occupation and other responsibilities.
DMV Hearings vs. Criminal Trials
During an administrating hearing at the DMV, an official will review your
case. This primary consists of the arresting officer's report. At
the hearing, you may have the opportunity to challenge the evidence and
present a case to demonstrate that the suspension was not justified. A
skilled defense attorney may provide the legal representation you need
to protect your driving privileges.
A DMV hearing does not play any role in your criminal trial or conviction
sentence. While the trial determines whether you are guilty of driving while under
the influence of alcohol or drugs, a DMV hearing is complete separate
affair. Contrary to what many people may think, the ability to drive is
a privilege, and not a right—violating DMV regulations often results
in a penalty.
Requesting Restricted Driving Privileges
A DMV hearing is not solely to appeal a driver's license suspension.
At this administrative hearing,
you may also request to obtain limited driving privileges in order to maintain your occupational responsibilities. In
most cases, these privileges are restricted to driving back and forth
from school, work, or other specific locations that allow you to maintain
a living. Even if you are unable to prevent the automatic license suspension,
you may still be able to secure these restricted driving privileges.
We Help Our Clients Protect Their Rights
Many things may play a factor in your license suspension hearing, such as:
- Medical records
- Eyewitness accounts
- Accident and arrest reports
You may not know how certain factors could help or harm your defense. At
Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich,
our Riverside DUI lawyers take a tailored approach to each case we handle. By carefully investigating the unique circumstances of a situation, our
legal team is able to explore all of the legal options available and pursue
an effective course of action to protect our clients' driving privileges.