DMV Hearings in Panama City
Florida Ten-Day Rule for Driver's License Suspension
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, you have only ten days in which to request a hearing with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Otherwise, you will lose your driver's license to an administrative suspension lasting anywhere from 180 days to a year. Before doing anything else on the case, contact the team at Shepard Law, P.A., where they are committed to defending the rights of the accused and can fight to help you keep your license.
Many drivers who are charged with DUI fail to realize that they have a right to challenge the automatic driver's license revocation. They think that since they were caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit or were visibly substance impaired, there is no way to fight the charges and that they simply have to accept the consequences. The fact is that you can defend yourself against any charges, and by taking action now you may win the case. When you work with the firm, you will have a former prosecutor on your side, an attorney who has personally handled more than 5,000 criminal cases and who knows how to get results.
You Are in Danger of Losing Your License
The hearing with the DHSMV is a separate action from the criminal case, and while it is similar to a criminal trial, it is generally less formal. The police officer may not even appear to testify against you. Your attorney will have the opportunity to introduce evidence and witnesses, and to cross-examine the witnesses and evidence against you, such as the results of any chemical tests you may have taken. The goal, as in the criminal case, is to prove your innocence, to raise doubts about your guilt or to demonstrate legal problems which render the evidence unreliable. With success, the DHSMV official will decide to overturn the suspension and allow you to stay behind the wheel.