Orange County DMV Hearing Lawyer
Although a DUI is a criminal charge, it is different from most criminal cases. A DUI arrest triggers a criminal case and a Department of Motor Vehicles hearing. This means you have to deal with the criminal court system for your criminal case, and the Department of Motor Vehicles regarding your driver’s license.
You not only have the right to have a hearing with the DMV concerning the suspension of your driver’s license, it is a necessity in order to protect your driving privileges. The DMV hearing is an Administrative Per Se hearing (APS). It is your opportunity to keep your driver’s license. However, you must take action very quickly with the DMV. An APS hearing is not automatic. You have only 10 calendar days to request the DMV hearing. If you do not request a hearing, the DMV will automatically suspend your driver’s license.
At Coffey & Coffey our goal at a DMV hearing is to save your driver’s license. If we are not able to keep all of your driving privileges, we most likely will help you maintain those driving privileges that are most important to you. These would include driving to work, picking up your children, or driving to important appointments (doctors).
Along with retaining your driver’s license, it is vital to deal with the DMV points you receive because of the DUI charge. Car insurance companies use DMV points to determine the amount you will pay for insurance. It is possible for the rates to increase so that you can no longer afford insurance and therefore cannot drive. Besides insurance companies using DMV points, the DMV can use them to suspend or revoke your driver’s license.
All of these issues make it essential to have knowledgeable and skilled Orange County DUI defense lawyers representing you.
At Coffey & Coffey we can represent you for both the DMV hearing and the criminal charges. We exclusively center our practice in Orange County and representing individuals arrested for a DUI in Orange County. You have the right to have an attorney represent you at the DMV hearing, make sure you select one that is experienced and has a winning record.