If you are arrested for driving under the influence in California, you will have to deal with both the courts and the Department of Motor Vehicles. The court is of course a legal entity while the DMV is an administrative agency with some real teeth. It is always important to remember this because you can win your case in court and still get stuck with a DMV imposed suspension.
Dealing with DMV
The crucial point here is that you have a right to a DMV hearing but you must ask for the hearing in 10 days. If you fail to that you may lose that valuable right to the hearing and all appeal rights that go with it.
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The DMV website has important information regarding your rights and responsibilities.
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