DC DMV Driver’s License Revocation Hearing
When a person is arrested for DUI in Washington, D.C., there will be two separate proceedings filed against him/her. First, there will be a criminal case filed in D.C. Superior Court. Second, there will be an administrative process that address the suspension of driving privileges.
The administrative hearing is held at DC DMV at 301 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. Upon being served with a Notice of Proposed Suspension, the suspected drunk driver has 10 days (15 days for out-of-state drivers) to request a hearing with the DMV. If you fail to request such a hearing, your driving privilege in Washington, D.C. will be suspended.
At this hearing, you must “show cause” as to why your driver’s license should not be suspended. It is similar to a criminal trial, but with a different (more relaxed) standard of proof. While it is not required that you retain an attorney to represent you at this hearing, it is always a good idea to have an experienced DUI lawyer on your side. The arresting officer will present testimony as to the circumstances of your DUI arrest, e.g. erratic driving pattern, failed field sobriety test, your breath score, etc. You will also have an opportunity to present witness and/or testify on your own behalf. While you are free to offer your own testimony, it is always advisable to remain silent until your criminal trial has concluded. You or your attorney will then be able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of your DUI case.
To have the greatest opportunity of avoiding the many penalties and negative consequences of Washington, D.C. DUI conviction, be sure to contact an attorney as soon as possible. As an experienced D.C. DUI lawyers,Rollins & Chan we are here to offer you the aggressive and dedicated representation you deserve. Contact DUI attorney Mark Rollins or Ada Chan today to learn more about how you can avoid serious DUI penalties. 202-455-5610