After you have been arrested for driving under the influence, you will face two different hearings: one in criminal court and the other in the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division. This means you must defend your case and rights not once, but twice. Hearings in the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division are known as driver’s license hearings. When you contact the team of legal experts at Stewart Law Group after receiving a DUI charge, we immediately begin working not only on your criminal court defense but also on your case before the Motor Vehicle Division.
By contacting legal advice immediately, you can ensure you are protected in both proceedings. Having an attorney present at both hearings is vital to minimizing the long lasting consequences of a DUI conviction. Typically, your license hearing is only attended by you, your attorney, the arresting officer, and the administrative law judge. Having someone fight for you with a high level of expertise in DUI Arizona law is the best way to protect your rights and your future.
In addition to the criminal charges against you after receiving a DUI, the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division will pursue administrative action to suspend your license. Because you only have 15 days to contact the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division to contest any license suspension, it is critical that you contact legal representation as soon as possible.
If you fail to contact the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division, your license and driving privileges will be automatically revoked. If you do submit a request for a hearing, you will be granted driving permission during the time before your hearing, a process that usually takes around two to three months. Contact the Stewart Law Group to find out how we can help during your driver’s license hearing.
Driver’s license hearings are less formal than the criminal court hearing you will face later. The hearing follows less strict rules of procedure and the standard of proof is lower, but in essence the goal is still to defend your case and defeat the evidence against you. Having a trained defense attorney can make the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division hearing go as smoothly as possible and can retain your license as you await criminal court.
Scott David Stewart at the Stewart Law Group has over 15 years of experience dealing with DUI related cases. Often, there are mistakes in execution of field sobriety tests or other ways of proving there was no probable cause for pulling you over in the first place. These could allow our attorneys to get your charge lowered or even dropped completely.
It may seem hard to believe, but because you face two separate hearings, the results of each can happen out of accordance. This means you could lose your license in criminal court, even if you succeed in the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division hearing. Perhaps even more surprising, if you fail to contest the license suspension, or do not hire a lawyer before your license hearing, you could lose your license for 90 days or greater, even if you defeat the charges in criminal court.
For these reasons and more, it is in your best interest to seek legal advice immediately following a DUI charge, whether for Impairment to the Slightest Degree, Super Extreme DUI or an Underage DUI charge. This provides the best chance for lowering or dropping the charges and clearing your name both in criminal court and in driver’s license hearings. We have offices throughout Maricopa County to serve you in Phoenix, Chandler, Glendale, Peoria, Avondale & Surprise. Call 602-548-3400 or fill out a FREE case evaluation today to find out how the legal experts at the Stewart Law Group can help defend you.