Pick up the phone: Your first court date may be as soon as 10 days or as late as six weeks from the date of your arrest. The time to see an attorney is now, while memories are fresh and witnesses still available. Everyone needs an attorney, guilty or innocent. In fact, innocent people need a lawyer more because a jury may not automatically find them innocent. You should plan to start meeting with potential attorneys as quickly as possible. Do not make the first court date without hiring your attorney. By the time that you first get to court several important dates have passed. A good attorney will have you making appointments within days of your arrest, in an effort to minimize any potential harm.
Your First Deadline: DMV Ten-Day Hearing Request. The Police took your California Driver\'s License. In place of your license, you now have a pink 8x11 paper. This paper will serve as your temporary driver\'s license. If you look at the pink document carefully, you will see that you have just 10 days to request a DMV hearing. If you do not request a timely hearing you will not be able to do so later. Even if you think that you are going to be found guilty, you MUST make this hearing request. Your attorney can make the DMV hearing request on your behalf. Even if you do not have a winning DMV case, your attorney can help coordinate any DMV suspensions, and minimize the time that you are not allowed to be in your vehicle.
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