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Drunk Driving DMV Hearing

If you were arrested for DUI, the DMV will immediately seek to suspend your driver's license, but our experienced law firm can help. After being arrested for alleged DUI, the arresting Orange County officer will take your license and give you pink "Notice of Suspension" that acts as a temporary license; this will expire in 30 days. Despite your temporary license expiring in only 30 days, you only have 10 days from the time of your arrest to call the DMV for a hearing on your driver's license. Once the DMV hearing is requested, any current suspension is automatically delayed pending the outcome of the hearing.

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Understanding the DMV Hearing in OC

A tape recorded hearing will take place that focuses only on three issues:

  • Did the officer have reasonable cause to believe you were driving a vehicle?
  • Did the officer lawfully and legally arrest you?
  • Were you driving a vehicle with a BAC of 0.08%?

Much like a court trial, the OC DMV hearing attorneys at Law Office of Michael L. Guisti will challenge your alleged BAC level at the time of driving along with examining potential problems. We will call witnesses at the DMV hearing, including the arresting officer and a BAC expert. What happens at your DMV hearing can affect your court case. If you have a favorable outcome this could possibly allow the prosecutor to offer a lesser charge.

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The Outcome of Your Orange County DMV Hearing

If the Department of Motor Vehicles rules in your favor, your license is reinstated. Now, if the DMV rules against you, your license will be restricted for four months (longer if you have prior DUIs); however, after the first full month of the suspension, you can get the suspension converted to a driver's license restriction. Under the restriction, you may only drive to and from work and an alcohol class called AB541. To apply for the restricted license, you must be enrolled in the AB541 class, show proof of insurance, and pay a $125 reinstatement fee. If you're found not guilty in your DUI court trial, the DMV must reissue any suspended license.

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Much Like Your DUI Court Trial, Don't Face This Alone!

At Law Office of Michael L. Guisti, we work for you to delay your hearing by calling expert witnesses and cross-examining police officers to give you all the best possible solutions for your DMV hearing. If you would like to learn more about how the Orange County DUI lawyers at our experienced firm can stand up for your best interests, contact us at (714) 530-9690 now.

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Whether you're facing a felony or a misdemeanor, don't risk a conviction. Act quickly to redeem your reputation and protect your record by consulting with our Orange County criminal defense lawyer. Call today to schedule your free consultation.

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