DMV Hearings

If your license is suspended for a DUI or other violation, the Tix Team will guide you through the process to help you get your license back.

What happens when you need to attend a DMV hearing?

If you’re arrested for DUI and are above the legal limit or refuse the breath, blood, or urine test, the officer suspends your license by issuing you a DUI citation. The suspension is immediate, but in most cases, you can use the DUI citation as a limited purpose driver’s license for the 10 days following the DUI arrest.

When the officer turns the DUI citation into the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) and they update their records and the DUI suspension gets logged into their database. If you don’t take action your driving history will be tainted with a DUI Suspension for the next 75 years.

What are your options?

After a DUI arrest, there are four options.

  1. Do nothing – The DUI suspension will be added to your license and will remain there for 75 years.  If you elect to do nothing, you can no longer drive after the 10th day of your arrest. Your license will be suspended for DUI for the next 6-12 months depending on whether you blew over the legal limit (6 months) or refused to take a test (12 months).
  2. Request an Informal Review – Generally not a good option, I never recommend it. If you request an informal review a DMV employee will review the documents submitted by law enforcement. Essentially, if the police officer submits the paperwork to the DMV the administrative suspension is going to stand.
  3. Request a Formal Review – This is often the best course of action.  If you request a formal review you will get a 42-day temporary license and a hearing will be held within 30 days. At the formal review hearing, we will subpoena the critical witnesses, and we will challenge your arrest in a quasi-judicial hearing. If we win the hearing, your driver’s license will be reinstated and there will be no DUI suspension on your record.  If we lose the hearing, you will have to serve a 30-90 day hard suspension (meaning no driving at all).  After that hard suspension, you will be eligible for a hardship license for the remainder of the suspension period.
  4. Sign a Waiver – This is often a good course of action. If you sign a waiver you can get a hardship license the same day.  The downside is that you are guaranteeing the DUI will show up on your driving history for the next 75 years.

How can the Tix Team help you?

The days following the arrest are nearly as stressful as the night of the arrest.  You are trying to wrap your head around being arrested, you have to explain things to work, you have to get your car from the tow yard, you have to report to a bondsman, you have to find a DUI lawyer, you are devastated that your mugshot is on the internet, the list goes on and on.

One of your top priorities must be – deciding the best course of action with regard to your driver’s license. A DUI defense attorney from the Tix Team will help you decide what the best course of action is for your situation so you may not have to deal with hefty penalties for years.

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