Fort Lauderdale DMV Hearing Lawyer
Preparing You for Your DMV Hearing in Broward County
When others have the preconceived notion that you are guilty, it can be difficult to defend on your own. Combine severe charges with an officer in uniform in front of you and individuals who are used to conducting DMV meetings and could easily view you as just another warm body filling a chair--and the meeting could be extremely intimidating and go in the opposite direction of what you intended.
Factors like these can make heading into a DMV meeting alone daunting at best and terrifying at the worst. But you don't have to be alone. We can stand by your side and help you through the entire process. At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our experienced criminal defense firm is dedicated to helping people who have been arrested for DUI and are facing DUI allegations.
The Importance of Appearing in Person
After an individual has been pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence, their driver's license will be automatically suspended. At this time, the arresting officer will complete an "Officer's Statement-Admin Per Se" form, recording the facts necessary for the DMV to suspend the driver's license. Within 10 days, the accused has the opportunity to schedule a license suspension hearing with their local branch of the DMV.
We can use the following arguments to help you win your hearing:
- Police did not conduct the blood or breath alcohol tests in a timely manner
- Police did not follow the protocols for administering the exam
- Officer overstepped legal boundaries and did not have the right to stop you
- You have proof that your intoxication level was below the legal limit
- Officer made mistakes in either their statement or police report
- There is not enough evidence to convict you
Although the DMV will usually suggest a DMV hearing conducted by telephone, our firm advises that you schedule an in-person hearing, since a telephone hearing eliminates the opportunity for the attorney to subpoena the arresting offer as a witness at the hearing. The DMV will schedule a hearing within 30 days of the arrest, in a location reasonably close to the place where the arrest happened.
The hearing will usually take place in a small office, where the hearing officer sits at a desk, and the counsel, client, and witnesses sit in chairs facing the hearing officer. The hearing officer with explain the department's case and decide the outcome of the hearing. Depending on how your hearing goes, will determine how long your license is suspended for.
Your First Step Before a DMV Hearing
If you are facing a DMV hearing, our firm recommends that you seek help from a Fort Lauderdale DUI lawyer from our firm as soon as possible. Our experienced legal team is ready and willing to give you the legal assistance you need. We can do things like help you examine the evidence, cross-examine witnesses, and help you assemble your own evidence and witnesses.
We encourage you to request a copy of the evidence from the DMV beforehand, so you can craft as prepared of a defense as possible.
You can subpoena witnesses and present evidence such as the following:
- Sworn documents
- Medical records
- Accident reports
A DMV hearing will decide whether to sustain, set aside, end, or modify the DMV's previous suspension of your license.
We Can Help!
At the firm, we are well-versed in the practice of DUI defense. We are prepared to handle any kind of DUI charge, including felony DUI, DUI cases involving injury, and DUI cases involving fatal accidents. If you are facing charges of DUI and don't know where to turn, let an attorney from our firm help you at your DMV hearing and strive for the most favorable case outcome possible.
When you face alarming charges such as DUI, you don't want anything less than the best to represent you. With our attorneys' backgrounds as a prosecutor and a former state attorney, they have knowledge and experience at their fingertips. Our firm has received an AV Rating® from Martindale-Hubbell®. We are members of The American Bar Association, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, which means that we are a source you can trust. We provide complete care and dedication throughout the entire legal process. When you need an advocate and a friend, that is who we are.
What are you waiting for? Talk to a Fort Lauderdale DUI lawyer from our firm for a free initial consultation. If you are facing charges of DUI and need assistance in an upcoming DMV hearing, contact our firm as soon as possible. We are here to help.