Northern California DUI Attorneys Offices in Santa Rosa, Napa, Lakeport, Mendocino, San Rafael and Humboldt

DMV - Beware of the 10 Day Rule!

During your arrest, the police officer is supposed to take your California picture license and hand you a pink 8-1/2" x 11" temporary license from the DMV. Assuming you were licensed at the time of arrest, this license is a 30-day temporary license with full driving privileges.

Once you hire an attorney, the very first thing he/she should do is contact the DMV to schedule a hearing in order to preserve your opportunity to challenge the DMV suspensions outlined above. The actual contacting of the DMV must occur within the first 10 days following your receipt of the temporary license. In some cases, we will be able to get a hearing by contacting the DMV even after the 10-day period.

The DMV may not be able to give you an in-person hearing within the 30-day period following your arrest. By acting promptly, we can extend the 30-day license for as long as it is necessary to acquire and litigate a DMV hearing designed to fight the taking of your license. This explanation is not clearly set forth in your temporary license although it is referred to under 'HEARING INFORMATION' on the front of your temporary license.

Remember, Ronald Dinan and Associates, is a firm of experienced and aggressive DUI lawyers, who can help in achieving the best outcome in your case. Many times DUI case dispositions will include reduction or outright dismissal of the number and/or severity of criminal charges, diversion programs, probation, reduced fines with installment payments, alternatives to jail, etc.

To get immediate help with your DUI matter, we invite you to call us to discuss your case. We answer all telephone calls in a polite, professional and helpful manner.
County: Cities: Local Phone number:
Sonoma County Santa Rosa 707-571-5550
Napa County Napa 707-252-0102
Marin County San Rafael 415-491-0223
Lake County Lakeport 707-262-0503
Mendocino County UKiah 707-462-5950
Humbolt County Eureka 707-445-1348