Arrested for DUI?




Hi, my names Ivan Morse and I'm a criminal defense lawyer. Before being a criminal defense lawyer, I was an Oakland police officer for almost seven years and I've been a criminal defense lawyer now for almost thirty years. Today I'm going to be talking to you about DMV hearings and what you need to do if you are arrested for a DUI in the state of California.

In the state of California, if you're arrested for a DUI, what's going to happen is if you are a California resident, a police officer is going to take your driver's license. The police officer is then going to issue a temporary license. Currently, it's on a pink form. This temporary license tells you that you have ten days to contact the DMV - that's ten calendar days which means Saturdays and Sundays count. If you don't contact the DMV within ten days, at the end of thirty days your license will be suspended for a period of four months. Again that's unless you contact the DMV within ten days and request a hearing.

Now, at the DMV hearing, the Department of Motor Vehicles is going to be looking for three things. They're going to be looking for:

  • Where you were driving
  • What time of driving you had a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher; and
  • Whether you were lawfully arrested

The most important thing to remember is if you're arrested for a DUI you must contact the DMV within ten days and request a hearing. If you don't, your license will be suspended. That's what they call a statute of limitations. If you are arrested for a DUI and you're given a temporary license, please contact me. I offer free consultations. My name is Ivan Morse, you can reach me at 925-452-4065. I wish you the best of luck. If I can be of further help, give me a call.

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