DMV Hearings Related to DUI

Marin County DMV Hearing Lawyer – Protecting Your Rights

Mill Valley DUI Attorney for Experienced Criminal Defense in California

Demand a DMV hearing within 10 days of your DUI arrest.
Many people are unaware that their arrest for DUI will result in a suspension of their driver’s license.  If you have been arrested for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) in Marin County, the police officer likely seized your driver’s license and issued you a Notice of Suspension.  If you do not request a DMV hearing within 10 days of your arrest, you waive your right to a hearing and your driver’s license will be suspended 30 days after your arrest in the event it is a first-time DUI.  As your attorney, I, Ryan Albaugh, will demand a DMV hearing on your behalf and keep you driving during the DMV hearing process.  This can give you valuable extra time.

Experienced DMV Hearing Lawyer – Using the DMV Hearing to our Advantage

The importance of requesting a DMV hearing cannot be overstated.  In addition to potentially extending the 30 days you can continue to drive after your arrest, the hearing itself is a valuable opportunity to investigate our case.  During my time as a Marin County prosecutor, I recognized that the best DUI defense attorneys used the DMV hearings to their client’s advantage.  Since becoming a defense attorney myself, that is exactly what I do for my clients.  The hearing gives me an early look at the technical evidence the prosecutor will try to use against you in the criminal case and allows me to test the credibility of civilian and law enforcement witnesses.

DUI Defense Attorney for Mill Valley, San Rafael, Sausalito & Marin County

As a criminal lawyer I have represented hundreds of clients at DMV hearings.  My goal at these hearings is always to persuade the hearing officer to set aside the suspension of your driver’s license.  However, DMV hearing officers who sit as the judge and the jury during the hearing are not judges or even lawyers.  They receive only cursory training, often side with law enforcement, and uphold the majority of suspensions.  Even so, DMV hearings allow me to test the defense strategies I have formulated during my investigation of our case.  They also allow me to pin down witness testimony to ensure that if they testify differently at trial they can be discredited.  By taking an aggressive approach to representing my clients at DMV hearings, it helps me secure the best results possible in the criminal case.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI and needs to request a DMV hearing, call an experienced DMV hearing lawyer at 415-578-7374 or e-mail me today for a free initial consultation.