What happens if I was arrested for DWI?
Under the state law, once you have been cited for violating
the DWI statute, the state initiates two simultaneous,
yet separate legal actions against you. The Criminal Action
is in response to the ticket that was issued to you, while the
Administrative Action is brought against your driverís license.
While both actions can result in the suspension of your driving
privileges, it is important to remember that there may be additional
penalties to consider and each action must be handled separately.
When is my Administrative Hearing?
In order to preserve your right to an Administrative Hearing,
it is crucial that you submit your request within the appropriate
number of days. Failure to do so will result in the automatic
suspension of your driving privileges. This number varies from
state to state but is often 10 or 15 days. Once the arresting
officer retains your state issued driverís license, you are
issued a ďNotice of Suspension/Revocation of Your Driving
PrivilegesĒ form. This form will serve as your driverís
license in lieu of the one retained by the officer until your
Administrative Hearing. Once the state receives your request
for a hearing, they will notify you as to the date and time
of your Administrative Hearing.
Do I need an attorney if I was arrested for DWI?
Being arrested for drunk driving is a serious offense that can
have different consequences for each individual depending upon
the particulars of the case. It is imperative that anyone facing
such a charge understand what challenges they will encounter.
Seeking the legal advice of a competent and experienced attorney
will help you understand all of your rights and options.
DWI laws can be confusing and complicated, and you may
not be aware of the potential defenses available to your case.
An experienced and competent attorney can fight for your rights
and guide you through this emotionally challenging process.
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