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DMV Hearings

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Is the California Department of Motor Vehicles threatening to suspend your driver’s license? If you need help with a driver’s license suspension after an arrest for an offense, such as driving under the influence (DUI) or vehicular manslaughter, call The Law Office of Michael J. Holmes. Our Santa Ana DUI attorney represents clients at administrative per se hearings to help avoid license suspension.

Contact our law firm at (714) 752-7037 for a free consultation with our DUI attorney in Santa Ana. We serve clients across Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.

License Suspension after a DUI Arrest

Whether the police officer confiscated your license at the time of your arrest or you received a letter informing you of the suspension, you have the right to a hearing to contest the action. This is known as an administrative per se hearing. This is separate from the proceedings for your criminal case and deals only with the driver’s license suspension issue. You must request this hearing within 10 days, so it is important to contact a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible. It is never a good idea to attempt to represent yourself at these hearings.

Fighting to Preserve Your Driving Privileges

A driver’s license suspension can prevent you from going to work or performing other responsibilities, and your car insurance rates may skyrocket. Once we request the DMV hearing, you will be able to continue driving pending the outcome of the hearing. Attorney Michael J. Holmes will prepare the most effective defense strategy possible to help you avoid license suspension.

At DMV hearings, we may use strategies based on:

  • Lack of probable cause to detain you
  • Improperly functioning breath testing equipment
  • An arrest that took place at an illegal DUI checkpoint
  • Physiological causes of a false high blood alcohol content (BAC)
  • Failure of the officer to adhere to the 15-minute observation period

At the hearing, we will review and challenge the evidence against you, present your case effectively, and question and cross-examine witnesses, including the arresting officer. In some cases, we are able to get the officer to commit to facts that can be used to your benefit later in criminal proceedings.

If you were arrested for DUI and you need help at the DMV hearing, call (714) 752-7037 to speak with our attorney.

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