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What to expect from your DMV hearing

There are many events that can lead to a license suspension or revocation. Perhaps you have been arrested for DUI, been caught driving with a license that was already suspended or you have accumulated too many points on your license for traffic violations. If you wish to retain your license, you may be able to request a DMV hearing to prevent it from being revoked or suspended.

You need your driver's license to get to and from work and fulfill a host of other responsibilities you have. Losing it is not just a disruption to your life, it is a serious setback, and it makes it even more difficult to get back on track. Here is what to expect when you request a DMV hearing:

Different process

According to the Colorado Department of Revenue, license suspension that results from DUI charges can trigger two separate proceedings: charges in a criminal court as well as the case in a DMV hearing. Both may result in the loss of your driving privileges. It is important to note, though, that the latter gives you the opportunity to potentially retain your license even if the former case results in a conviction.

Review of evidence

A DMV case will involve a thorough review of all evidence both for and against you. Any tests or police reports will typically be considered as well as any evidence you have submitted in your defense. It is often advisable to obtain legal representation rather than attempt to defend yourself. This is true of both the DMV hearing and any criminal proceedings that may be brought against you. 

Relevant testimony

Any person with relevant testimony regarding your driving privileges may be allowed to speak at a DMV hearing. This means that if an officer seized your license, issued a ticket or arrested you, she or he may appear to make a statement. You may also subpoena the officer to request that he or she testifies. If any other parties involved have testimony, they may appear at the hearing.

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