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Santa Barbara Lawyer, Douglas Hayes

(805) 966-4171 • 125 East Victoria Street, Suite H • Santa Barbara

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Criminal Law
  • Drug Cases/Medicinal Marijuana
  • DUI/DWI/Driving Offenses
  • DMV Hearings
  • Domestic Violence
  • Murder/Homicide/Death Penalty
  • Gang-Related Cases
  • Assault & Battery
  • Misdemeanors
  • Felonies
  • Personal Injury
  • Writs & Appeals
  • Immigration Consequences

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDINGS: DUI

If you have been arrested for DUI, or if you are under 21 years of age and have been cited for any alcohol or drug-related offense, you may be subject to administrative proceedings by the Department of Motor Vehicles to revoke or suspend your driving privileges IN ADDITION to the criminal charges you face in the local courts. If you have been arrested for such an offense, you will receive a "temporary license" (pink/salmon in color) when your license is taken by the arresting officer.

You will have 10 days from the date of the arrest to contact the Department of Motor Vehicles, or make arrangements for your lawyer to do it, to schedule a hearing to contest the automatic suspension of your driving privileges. If you do not contact the DMV within 10 days, then your driving privileges will automatically be suspended for 4 months beginning 30 days after the date you were arrested. At the DMV hearing, conducted by a hearing officer, you have the right to be represented by your lawyer, to produce witnesses and other evidence and to question the arresting officer, or officers. Even if you eventually intend to admit guilt and accept the suspension of your driving privileges, making arrangements for a hearing can give you time to make alternate transportation arrangements if, when making the appointment for the hearing, you also ask for a stay of the automatic suspension. Actual suspension may be reduced to 30 days. Call me and I will explain how we may get that accomplished for you.

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