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Thursday, November 7, 2013

DUI -- and the five day rule

Recently had a couple of DUI's that seemed to have come to me after they had attended their initial hearing. This is just a reminder about seeking to have your license re-instated prior to your hearing date. In order to do so, you must file with the DMV to have a preliminary hearing within five days of having your license taken by the police for a DUI. This is known as the "five day rule."

A mere arrest for DUI is not a conviction, and an argument to have your license re-instated pending a trial on the merits will usually be permitted. Remember, though -- you must contact the DMV within 5 days of getting the DUI or jurisdiction on the license question is permanently transferred to the courts.

Need help with a DUI or OWI? Give us a ring! We'll discuss your case for free on the phone. We have several VA, DC, and MD lawyers who have considerable experience in drunk driving, operating while impaired, and drug cases.

Sean R. Hanover, Esq.
Principal Attorney
The Hanover Law Firm is located in Washington, DC and Fairfax, VA. We practice
in both state and federal courts in VA, MD, and DC.

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