What is the administrative hearing, what happens at that hearing and how does that affect my case?
administrative review hearings
An administrative review hearing is limited to the issues listed on a letter from the Department of Transportation (DOT) that is sent to give notice of that hearing. Those issues related only to your driver's license.
administrative hearing attendees
Typically, a defendant is not required to appear at the administrative hearing if their attorney will appear on their behalf. If you don't have an attorney, you should get one, and if you don't get one, you should go to the administrative hearing.
outcomes of the administrative hearing
An administrative hearing is either won or lost. If it is won, the defendant's driver's license will not be suspended while the case is pending.
If it is lost, the defendant's driver's license will be suspended thirty (30) days after the notice date on the notice of intent to suspend.
The outcome of an administrative hearing does not affect the outcome of the defendant's case in court.
owi-dui.com can help
If you receive an owi for operating while under the influence in Wisconsin, you should hire an attorney within the first few days after your arrest. If you wait, you may run the risk of losing your driver's license and missing important dates that a court will not allow to be revisited. For example, in some instances, those dates regard discovery and evidence that could have been suppressed. In other instances, there is the pretrial conference attended by your attorney at which you may be offered a much lesser charge.
At the very minimum, you should seriously consider consulting with an attorney to understand your exposure to long term effects of a drunk driving offense on your record, and to better understand how an attorney can help you achieve the best possible outcome.
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