If you are arrested for drunk driving, two actions will automatically trigger against you. One is the criminal case for the DUI itself and the other is an administrative case with the DMV regarding actions to potentially be taken against your license. The DMV may also suspend your license for other reasons, such as the accumulation of too many points on your license.
Without the help of a lawyer, a DMV hearing can be hard to navigate. Lack of experience or knowledge as to possible defenses can lead to the unnecessary loss of your license. It is therefore important to seek legal representation to protect yourself from the inconvenience of a license suspension. Without the right to drive, almost all aspects of your life are affected—just getting to and from work can become a problem, as can keeping up with your various responsibilities, helping your family, or enjoying an unrestricted social life.
You need to submit a request for your hearing with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles to challenge a license suspension within 7 days of the DUI. If you fail to do so, your license suspension is automatic. An employee of the DMV presides over the hearing and is the administrative judge. Sobriety test results and blood alcohol measurement, witness statements, and testimony of the arresting officer will all be considered.
It is critical to have legal representation from a skilled lawyer during DMV hearings. Your attorney can challenge all evidence presented and fight for your right to retain your license. The administrative judge does not make a decision on the case during the hearing but will notify the attorney in approximately 30 days with a determination. It is important to have a strong legal defense from Okabe & Haushalter during your hearing.
At Okabe & Haushalter, our experience means we may be able to salvage your driving privileges. Just like in a criminal case, a DMV hearing allows us to present arguments and evidence and call witnesses. Based upon our thorough investigation and preparation, we can attempt to show up errors in the process of your arrest or testing which lead to an invalidation of the evidence against you. We can also appeal for favorable consideration if you have no criminal record.
Do not hesitate to contact a Las Vegas DMV hearing attorney, who can represent you in a hearing and attempt to protect you from a license suspension.