After you get arrested for drinking and driving, you could face serious penalties if convicted. Some of these consequences could include the requirement to pay a fine, spend time in jail or complete community service. You may also lose your driving privileges temporarily.
After you get arrested, according to the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles, you have the right to request a hearing from the DMV within 10 days after you receive your suspension or revocation order. Preparing for this hearing properly can impact your case, and these tips can help you get ready for this appointment.
1. Show up on time
When the DMV provides notice of your hearing date, make sure you can attend this appointment. If you cannot attend due to a conflict, reschedule as quickly as possible. Do not fail to show up for your DUI hearing without providing notification.
2. Dress appropriately
Dress respectfully and appropriately for your DUI hearing. Treat this hearing like a job interview, and dress in clothes that you would wear to another type of important appointment.
3. Understand how you want to proceed
Prior to your hearing, determine whether you want to plead guilty or not guilty. This can impact how you answer questions during your hearing appointment and how the rest of your case proceeds.
It is normal to feel anxious and nervous before the day of your DUI hearing. Try to relax, stay calm and educate yourself about what will happen during the hearing process as it relates to your arrest