Written by attorney MacDaniel E Reynolds

Why should I request a DMV Hearing?

You may think the officer did everything correctly--but you don't know until you have a hearing. The officer you interacted that night will be questioned specifically about whether they followed the law during the arrest. Sometimes officers do not follow the law as they should or did not follow the rules regarding the administration of the breath test. There is no downside to requesting a hearing--you will not be penalized nor will your suspension be longer because you request a hearing.◦We generally tell clients that there is about a 20 percent chance of winning a DMV hearing - not the greatest of odds, but much better than no odds at all. DMV hearings are very valuable trial preparation. Your attorney will be able to cross examine the officer, and use the transcript from the hearing at trial to impeach the officer's testimony. As well the strengths and weaknesses of your case come through after your attorney has the opportunity to examine an officer at a DMV hearing.

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