If you are convicted of a second DWI within 3 years, you face a 4 year suspension of your driver’s license, as mandated by the Department of Motor Vehicles. However, after 2 years you qualify for a discretionary restoration hearing. The hearing process is quiet lengthy, and when your license is suspended every day counts!
First, ahead of your eligibility date (2 years since your conviction), you may request a “pre-hearing interview.” At this pre-hearing meeting you and your attorney will meet with DMV officer to review what is expected before the restoration hearing is scheduled.
After your pre-hearing interview, you will have a short 90 days to get an FBI background check, a substance abuse evaluation conducted by a certified evaluator who is on the recommended DMV list, get applicable criminal background checks and DMV records, and solidify at least 3 witnesses willing to testify at your restoration hearing.
Once the DMV officer receives all of the needed information, a hearing date will be set. At the hearing you must have at least 3 witnesses who will testify that you have (1) not consumed alcohol (2) that you have not driven since your license was revoked and (3) that you have otherwise sought help with substance abuse or have a support system in place.
Attorney’s Kristi Haddock and Wiley Nickel are ready to guide you through this process. When your ability to drive is at stake, you cannot afford to cut corners. Call our office for a free consultation today, 919-585-1486.