April 7, 2014 By Matthew Wallin

Why You Need an Attorney at Your DMV Hearing

Many people associate going to the DMV with resolving routine vehicle and driver’s license matters. For most of these simple tasks done at the DMV, there is no need to have an attorney present. However, many serious cases are heard at the DMV that can result in revoking or suspending your driving privileges. If you lose your driver’s license even for a short period of time, it can impact your personal life and your ability to go to your job or school. That is why it is important to have an attorney at your DMV hearing.

Those who decide to represent themselves at DMV hearings may end up doing more harm than good to their case. If you or a loved one has an upcoming hearing at the DMV, it is important to have an experienced Wallin & Klarich attorney representing you to help you retain your driving privileges and guide you through the process.

DUI Cases

why you need an attorney at your dmv hearing
You need an attorney at your DMV hearing to protect your legal rights.

If you are arrested for DUI in the state of California, you must call the DMV within 10 days of your arrest to request a hearing to set aside the suspension of your license. If you do not schedule a DMV hearing within 10 days of your arrest for a first DUI offense, you could have your license suspended for four months and it will serve as an automatic waiver of your right to have a DMV hearing in the future.

Negligent Operator Cases

If you have too many points on your driving record, the DMV will hold a “negligent operator” hearing and may decide to suspend, revoke or restrict your license. Points on your driving record can come from traffic tickets or accidents, a DUI conviction or other violations of California’s Vehicle Code. Before your DMV hearing, a Wallin & Klarich attorney can review the circumstances involved in your license points and defend your driving record at a negligent operator hearing.

Elderly Drivers

In the state of California, there is no maximum age for a person to reach before a license is revoked. However, the DMV requires people over the age of 70 to renew their license in person. The DMV may decide to revoke a license if they determine a driver has lost skill due to a loss in physical and/or mental driving capabilities. Before a license can be revoked, elderly drivers are entitled to a hearing. It is important to have an experienced attorney with you to help you prove that you are capable of following traffic laws and can drive in a safe manner.

Get a Wallin & Klarich Attorney at Your DMV Hearing

If you or a loved one is facing a suspension, revocation or restriction of your drivers license due to a driving offense, it is critical that you speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney. At Wallin & Klarich, our attorneys have over 40 years of experience in handling all types of driving offenses in Southern California. Our attorneys will fight to get you the best possible outcome in your case.

With offices in Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Tustin, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, West Covina and Victorville, there is an experienced Wallin & Klarich Southern California criminal defense attorney near you no matter where you work or live.

Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation. We will get through this together.

AUTHOR: Matthew Wallin

Matthew B. Wallin is an experienced and knowledgeable attorney at Wallin & Klarich. He approaches each case as an opportunity to help an individual at a time when they need it most and understands that he is the one they have turned to for help.   Mr. Wallin has represented hundreds of our clients in cases involving DUI and DMV hearings, domestic violence, assault and battery, drug crimes, misdemeanors and serious felonies. With extensive experience handling DUI cases, Mr. Wallin is one of the premiere DUI defense attorney in Southern California.

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