Two Tracks, Different Results
As a person facing a DUI charge, you are now traveling down two separate roads: one leading to your court case and the other leading to your DMV Hearing. At the time you are stopped by an officer and receive a ticket for an alleged DUI, you receive information as to your next court date to address your criminal case and a DMV phone number to call to request a separate DMV hearing. At that same time, you are also granted a temporary 30 day driving permit. The DMV Hearing process is separate and apart from any criminal charges and involves separate obligations and potential penalties.
The DMV has an administrative license suspension program, known as “Admin Per Se” (APS), to suspend a client’s license when he or she is either arrested for a DUI or refuses to take a blood or breath test. If you wish to contest the DMV’s suspension of your license, you must contact the DMV within 10 days of your arrest to request an administrative hearing. You do not need to make a written request for a hearing, unless the 10 day time limit has passed. In that case, you must request a hearing in writing.
At the Law Office of Jennifer Zide, it is our goal to take the entire burden of a DUI charge off your shoulders. To that end, we handle the DMV for you. Your DUI retainer includes liaison with the DMV to get you answers to all your license or program-related questions and to schedule your DMV Hearing. To provide our clients charged with DUI with the best possible defense, representation at your DMV Hearing and consultation with a forensic toxicology expert is also provided at no additional charge.