If you have been arrested for DUI, our lawyers at Hutton & Khalaf offer comprehensive legal defense. We will guide you through the criminal element of your case and the related DMV administrative process. We have more than 65 years of experience and can work to help you. With the right guidance, you may be able to keep your driver’s license after an arrest on suspicion of drunk driving. You may even be able to keep your driving privileges if you are convicted.
The driver's license suspension hearing with an administrative judge at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is a separate legal matter from the criminal defense case. Under California law, a driver automatically loses his or her driver’s license after registering a blood-alcohol level of .08 or above on a breathalyzer test or if they refuse the test. However, we may be able to help you through these challenges and defend your rights at the DMV hearing.
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Many of our former clients refer us to their friends, colleagues, and family members who have been arrested for drunk driving because they know that we get results. In both the criminal phase and the DMV phase, we know how to pursue your best interests. Because of our thorough familiarity with the law and our extensive experience in DUI criminal defense, we can help you identify the best steps forward to defend your license and your freedom.
Although the DMV hearing and the criminal charges are technically two separate issues, they are closely linked. The administrative hearing is our first opportunity to challenge the evidence law enforcement has gathered against you. By finding significant flaws in the procedure or the probable cause for making the drunk driving arrest, the evidence builds in your favor for the criminal case. In many cases, the arresting officer doesn't show up to testify and the administrative case for the driver's license suspension is dismissed, pending the criminal sentencing.
Unlike many DUI defense mills, we investigate the evidence for your driver's license suspension hearing as if everything is riding on it, because in many ways, it is. We know how important it is for individuals and families to continue to drive and, for many of our clients, the most important thing is keeping their driver’s license. In cases where a plea arrangement is the best possible outcome for your charges, we work hard to ensure that a suspended driver’s license does not inflict undue hardship on you or your family. There is almost always a way to keep you driving.
To speak with one of our experienced DUI trial lawyers about your driver's license suspension hearing, call us now. Our clients include successful professionals, executives, and entertainers who value privacy; we place special emphasis on handling all of our cases in an extremely sensitive and discrete manner.