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A DUI, DWI, or OWI charge forces you to take action immediately to protect your driving privileges. In most cases, the arresting police officer will serve you with a Notice of Proposed Suspension or Revocation. This notice starts a 10 or 15 day countdown until your driving privileges in DC are administratively revoked. Within this limited time frame, you must formally request a DC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) hearing to preserve your driving privileges. For out-of-state residents, 15 days are allotted to submit the hearing request. Once you have submitted a request for a hearing, your driving privileges will enter a "pending suspension" status until the conclusion of the hearing. Even after a successful criminal trial, you could lose your driving privileges for an extended period of time because the DMW requires a separate hearing. It is critical to act quickly and develop a strategy to protect your driving privileges.
At the DMV hearing, a skillful DUI attorney may probe and question government witness testimony, the validity of sobriety tests, and other evidence to protect your interests. Due to the administrative nature of the DMV hearings, many of the Constitutional protections afforded at a criminal trial are absent. An experienced DC DUI attorney will work to protect your driving privileges and to prevent more significant and lasting consequences.
To ensure the best possible chance of retaining your driving privileges, you need a DUI lawyer familiar with the intricacies of Washington DC's unique jurisdiction. We have significant experience defending DC DUI cases, and will employ our experience to guide you through this complicated process and mitigate the risks of license suspension through aggressive representation.