One of my clients received notice in the mail today that we successfully defended her license at the DMV last week. In the last three business days, I have conducted three in-person DMV hearings. Many attorneys claiming to be “DUI lawyers” rarely go through the trouble of showing up at the DMV to fight for their client’s license. Instead, some lawyers conduct the hearing over the telephone with an expectation of losing.
If you or a loved one have been arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, you should demand utter preparation and hard work from your defense attorney. In addition to trying to preserve your license at the DMV, I use the hearing as a discovery tool for the criminal case. I will obtain the following evidence when it is available:
- Police Reports;
- 911 Calls and Call Log
- Body Camera Video
- Dash-Cam Video
- Calibration Records for breath testing devices
- Surveillance Video
- Anything else the client and I can think of!
The DMV hearing also provides the criminal defense attorney an opportunity to cross-examine the arresting officer before a prosecutor ever has a chance to prepare him or her for trial. The hearings are recorded and can be used as evidence in the criminal case.
I am a former supervising deputy district attorney in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office. At one point in my 17-year career, I supervised all misdemeanor and felony DUI cases prosecuted by the office. I have trained lawyers, police officers and law students in many areas relevant to DUI investigations. I will put my experience to work for you.
If you hire me to defend you before the DMV or in your criminal case, I will personally interact with you, answer all of your questions, handle the hearing and show up at every court appearance in the criminal case. I will not send a junior lawyer to court on your behalf. When you hire me, I will be by your side every step of the way. For a free consultation, see me on the internet at billhaneylaw.com or call me at (805) 585-0048. I look forward to hearing from you.