The Importance of DMV Hearings in Bakersfield
If you have been charged with a DUI in Bakersfield, the DMV is required by law to suspend or revoke your driving privileges if their blood alcohol level is .08% or above for a noncommercial vehicle, .04% or above for a commercial vehicle, or .01% or above while on DUI probation. Your license will also be suspended if you refuse to take a blood alcohol test.
When you are arrested, you will be given an Order of Suspension/Revocation by the arresting officer. The officer will take your license and send it to the DMV where it will be destroyed. You will be given a temporary license valid for 30 days. At the end of the 30 days, the suspension or revocation will go into effect. This penalty is independent of any jail time, fines, or other penalties you may incur as the result of a DUI conviction.
Requesting a DMV Hearing
You have 10 days to request a hearing to show why the suspension or revocation is not justified. You can represent yourself at the hearing, but the smarter move is to retain the services of an attorney who understands the laws and will give you a much better chance of earning back your license. You will be able to present evidence and testimony at the hearing to refute the DMV’s findings. Following the hearing, a decision will be issued and you can request a review if you disagree with the outcome.
The DMV does not care if you need your license or not. They are only concerned that all procedures were following according to law when you were arrested. This means you were stopped for probable cause, that you were legally detained and lawfully arrested, and that your chemical test was administered the right way.
Get Effective Representation at Your DMV Hearing
Bo Koenig is an experienced criminal defense attorney who has invested many years in the Kern County area since becoming a California State University student. A graduate of the San Joaquin College of Law in Fresno, Mr. Koenig is a solo practitioner who is a hands-on advocate of justice who aggressively fights for dismissals, reduced charges and probation for his clients.
Located in Bakersfield, Koenig Law Office also serves clients in Delano, Lamont, Arvin, Mojave, Ridgecrest, Tehachapi, and communities throughout Kern County.