San Diego DUI Lawyer Dan Smith on 10 Day DMV Hearing Rule (619) 258-8888
When you are arrested for a DUI, you will get a “Pink Sheet” of paper from the arresting officer that is so important! It will say the following in capital letters across the top. AGE 21 AND OLDER- PAGE 3 ADMINISTRATIVE PER SE SUSPENSION/REVOCATION ORDER AND TEMPORARY DRIVER LICENSE and we San Diego DUI lawyers call it the Admin Per Se letter. About two-thirds of the way down the letter it states that you have 10 days in which to request a hearing to show that he suspension or revocation is not justified or your license will be suspended for 4 months, not questions asked and no questions answered. If you are represented by a public defender , they will not request and litigate the hearing for you, much less give you advice on how to get a restricted drivers license 30 days after your suspension goes into effect so you can drive to work and go to school etc.
That should be reason enough to call San Diego Defenders for a free consultation and an affordable payment plan so you do not have to appear at court, in most misdemeanor DUI cases and you can concentrate on work and school. But there is another fantastic reason to request a hearing. First, you can get an longer extension on your driving privileges if your hearing date is beyond the 30 day temporary driver license. But more important is the fact that we can get a copy of the narrative police reports and your BAC well in advance of your court appearance so that your DUI attorney can give you advice on what you can do to improve their ability to defend you and start to figure out how we will approach your case with the prosecuting DA. That can be huge.
As an example, I had a client come in and retain San Diego Defender and we requested a DMV hearing even though it was his 3rd DUI in about 3 years and all had high BAC’s. This one was at the TJ border and his BAC was high, he knew it. Our client had a great job and had just found out his wife was pregnant….with twins! He said “please help me, I cannot go to jail and lose my great job I have had for five years when I am just about to become a dad, how will I support my family! . Jon Pettis and I swung into action and called SCRAM to arrange for a lower priced ankle bracelet for our client right away before the first court appearance so we could show the judge how committed he was to turning his life around, if the video at the border clearly showed him driving and it did. We asked him to bring in a sonogram of his kid in his wife’s womb and a picture of the smiling couple and pay stubs showing he had two jobs and some AA meeting sign off sheets. It wasn’t easy, but we kept him out of mandatory jail time the prosecutor wanted. That can be a win when the evidence is strong against our client and we would have never known if we did not request the DMV hearing. So remember that the best dui lawyers in San Diego will listen to what you need and do our best to make it happen. Let us help you get your life back to normal with the least amount of disruption. At San Diego Defenders we know how important your job is and what to do to have the best chance at using our skills to keep it. Call us 24/7 seven days a week at (619) 258-8888to talk directly to Dan Smith, the supervising attorney at San Diego Defenders and let us help you find an affordable payment plan that fits your needs to help save you job and your family life!