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DMV Hearings: You Have 10 Days to Act

If you have been placed under arrest for driving while under the influence (DUI) in Pasadena, you should have already received a notice of suspension or revocation from the arresting officer. As California law requires that the officer forward a copy of that notice to the DMV at once, you will need to act fast. The law allows DUI suspects to request a DMV hearing, but only if the request is made within 10 days from the time you receive your official notice. A DMV hearing in such matters is essential, as it is the only opportunity you will have to argue your case and clearly show that the suspension or revocation order is not warranted. If you fail to request a DMV hearing within the 10 day time period, you have relinquished your right to request a hearing, and subject to an automatic suspension.

Your best opportunity to get your driving privileges reinstated is to have an aggressive Pasadena DUI defense attorney advocating on your behalf. An attorney from The Law Offices of Matthew Cargal will be able to advise you of your legal rights, review the circumstances leading up to your arrest, represent you at the DMV hearing, and will work with you closely to build a defense against the DUI charges you face. While you do have the right to represent yourself during a DMV hearing, we strongly recommend you have a veteran criminal defense attorney take on this duty. Contact our Pasadena criminal defense attorney right away so we can take action for you, both in the DMV hearing and in criminal court for the DUI charge. Our early involvement can be critical to the outcome of your case.