DMV Hearings What They Are, and What to Expect

California traffic ticket

If you’ve recently been charged with a DUI or another type of misdemeanor traffic offense, you’ll most likely be contacted by the DMV for a hearing about your violation. Court hearing procedures can be very stressful, especially for those who are going through them for the first time. If you’ve been charged with a ticket and have been asked to come in for a DMV administrative hearing, here is what you can expect when going in.

In most states in the US, the DMV will automatically suspend your license after a DUI arrest, and for many other dangerous misdemeanor traffic violations. Your hearing should be scheduled within 10 days after the arrest. During this time, you will be unable to drive at all, due to the suspended license.

During the hearing the DMV will ask the driver questions about the traffic violations you are being accused of. Some of the topics that will be discussed are whether the officer had reasonable cause to pull you over, if the officer followed all the legal procedures during the test, and for the case of a DUI, whether or not you agreed to a chemical test, and what results those brought back.

If you plan to fight the charge, get in contact with a traffic ticket attorney. These attorneys will be able to look over your case, and tell you whether or not you will be able to fight it. If you plan on accepting the charges and pleading guilty, a traffic ticket attorney may also be able to help. These ticket attorneys will be able to work with you to figure out the best way to reduce your sentence, and may be the best chance you have at avoiding time in jail.