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DMV Hearing Lawyer

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DMV Hearing Lawyers in Asheville, Charlotte, Gastonia, Waynesville, and Wilmington NC

For most of us, the ability to drive is not optional, it is a necessity.

When facing a license revocation (or trying to have your driver’s license reinstated) the final decision of a Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Hearing Officer can be life changing.

When your driver’s license is hanging in the balance, get an experienced advocate on your side who knows the laws and procedure of a DMV Hearing.

DMV Hearing Defense

DMV Refusal Hearing

A refusal occurs when an individual charged with an implied consent offense (typically a DWI) refuses to perform a blood or breath test requested by a law enforcement officer.

A willful refusal could cause your driver’s license to be revoked for one year. At the refusal hearing, a DMV Hearing Officer will determine whether you willful refused chemical testing in addition to a few other very narrow legal issues. The hearing officer’s decision to revoke your license will be based on these issues.

To appeal a driver’s license suspension based on a willful refusal, a driver must timely file his intent to contest this suspension. Often the windows of opportunity to appeal a refusal suspension are brief and it is important to discuss these issues as soon as a charge has been filed.

DMV Ignition Interlock

Many driver’s convicted of a DWI in North Carolina are now required to have an ignition interlock device installed on a vehicle.

These devices are typically calibrated to either a .00 or a .04 depending on the circumstances of the charge/conviction. When a positive reading is given above the set limit for the ignition interlock device, a copy of that failure to comply with the device may be sent to the DMV and the DMV may issue a revocation for the positive blow.

Many individuals have the opportunity to request a DMV Hearing to show that they in fact did not violate their alcohol restrictions. It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after a violation has been reported so that any helpful evidence in contesting the results sent to the DMV can be preserved and documented.

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I had a wonderful experience with the staff at Minick Law, and was pleased with the work that James Minick himself did on my behalf. He not only worked before and during my case, but helped guide and assist me two years afterwards. He's a good man, but also highly intelligent and he knows how the legal system works.

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How We Can Help

At Minick Law, we help individuals charged with DWI by:

Effectively navigating a criminal charge and its consequences begins with planning. During our initial consultation we want to learn about the details of your case and the impact the charge is having on your life, so that we can provide sound advice on your next steps.

We will work together to create a detailed Action Plan on your case. This Action Plan will give you a to do list and explain how we plan to proceed as your attorney. Getting the best result on your case means having the best information when making important decisions.

A Cup of Coffee with 10 of the Top DUI Attorneys in the United States

James Minick is the co-author of A Cup of Coffee with 10 of the Top DUI Attorneys in the United States. This is meant to be a guidebook for anyone facing a DWI charge and its consequences.

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We Listen

During our initial conversation with you we will get information about the circumstances of your charge and your situation.


We Inform

Once we have these details we can explain the potential consequences you are facing.

We Plan

We will then create a detailed plan of action for your case to make sure that your traffic ticket is resolved in the appropriate manner. Our mission is to produce the best possible outcome on your case.

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