DMV Hearings in California

If you have been charged with drunk driving, you are facing criminal prosecution as well as administrative proceedings that may affect your ability to drive. Within 10 days of your DUI arrest, you must schedule a hearing with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). In this hearing, the fate of your license will be determined: you may be facing license suspension.

Your license will be suspended 30 days after your arrest if you do not ask for a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles within 10 days of your arrest. Don't wait. Contact Keith H. Rutman, Attorney at Law, now. Call 619-573-4988 or 888-714-6354.

Representation During the Criminal and Civil Portion of Your DUI

A DMV hearing is separate from your criminal prosecution. However, the two can overlap and affect each other. A good result in one doesn't necessarily yield a good result in the other — but the opposite might be true. If you lose your DUI trial, you will get a negative result in your DMV hearing.

It is important for any person charged with drunk driving to choose a criminal defense attorney carefully. The attorney must understand how these criminal and civil proceedings affect each other. It is important to work with a DUI defense attorney who understands the interplay between a criminal prosecution and the DMV hearing.

I am attorney Keith H. Rutman, and I provide clear, honest, and practical advice to clients who have been charged with drunk driving. Contact me to schedule a free half-hour consultation where we can discuss your options. I have nearly 20 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney, and I have helped many people charged with drunk driving. I can help you seek the best possible results both criminally and civilly, seeking to help you keep your license and keep driving.

Contact Keith H. Rutman, Attorney at Law

I offer all new clients a free and confidential half-hour consultation, either in person or by telephone. I handle almost all drunk driving defense cases for a flat fee, plus expenses. If the case goes to trial, I charge a daily fee. Contact my law office to schedule an appointment or call toll free, 888-714-6354, or 619-573-4988. From my offices in San Diego and Murrieta, I serve people throughout Southern California.

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