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Why Did I Get A Pink Paper When I Got My DUI?

Will I Lose My License Immediately After A California DUI?

No, but you will automatically lose your license 30 days after your the pink paper issuance date (usually the same date as your DUI citation or DUI arrest) unless you request a DMV hearing within 10 days after your DUI. 10 days is a few more days than one week - it's a very short period of time!

So, do not plead guilty to your DUI at the first court date. That way, you will keep the right to fight for your license at the DMV.

Now, don't confuse these 30 days with the 10 day period to request a hearing to fight the suspension.

If you don't request a hearing within 10 days, your license will be suspended for the mere fact that you got arrested or cited for a California DUI, guilty or not.

How Do I Request A DMV Hearing After A San Jose DUI Arrest?

I represent people charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. I also represent people who got hurt by people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

When you get arrested or cited for a DUI, you actually get two cases. One case will happen at the DMV. The other case will happen at the criminal court.

Regarding the DMV case, you MUST take an important step within 10 days from the date of the DMV citation or arrest. That step is to make a request in writing for an APS hearing. The 10 days include every single day of the week, even weekends and holidays.

Please read on to learn more about how to try and save your license after a DUI.

Why Did The Cop Give Me A Pink Paper After My DUI?

The pink paper has writing on the front and may have writing on the back. It's a very important piece of paper because it's a legal notice of what you have to do to try and keep your license.

The pink paper is called a DMV Suspension/Revocation Order. It tells you what you have to do to fight for your driving privilege after a DUI, but most people don't understand the pink paper and some people don't even try to read it until it's too late.

You have only 10 days from the issue date of the pink paper to so something important. That thing it to request a hearing. Before those 10 days pass, you must request a hearing to show that the suspension or revocation of your driving privilege is not justified.

Where Can I Request a DMV DUI Hearing in California?

Most of us are used to going to the California DMV to register our car or apply for a driver's license. The DMVs where we do these things are called “field offices.” But there is a part of the California DMV that has nothing to do with the tasks you get done at the DMV field offices.

The California DMV has a part called the enforcement division. It's called the Division of Driver Safety, DSO for short. The job of the DMV DSO is to deny, suspend or revoke California driver licenses. That's all they do.

The DMV DSO holds in person and telephone hearings where they decide whether to deny, suspend or revoke California driver licenses. These are the jobs of the people who work there, called DMV Hearing Officers.

When it comes to your California DUI arrest, you have 10 days to request a hearing regarding your driving privilege. This hearing is called an “adminstrative per se” hearing, APS for short.

By requesting your APS hearing on time, the DMV will put the brakes on your suspension. Before the DMV takes any action based on your DUI arrest, you will have a chance to make your case at the DMV DSO. Where your case gets assigned depends on where the DUI arrest occurred.

Below is a list of the DMV DSO offices in the counties where I work. Some offices handle caes outside of their county. For example, the San Jose Office handles DUI cases that happen in Monterey County.

But, keep in mind that no matter where your DUI arrest took place, you can request your DMV APS hearing at any DMV DSO. Just make sure to do it in writing - a phone call or visit will NOT protect you.

Please call the DMV DSO you want to visit, in advance, to make sure that that the below hours are still current. I can also request the APS hearing for you. If you want to talk about it, please schedule a phone consultation.

Fresno County DMV DSO Office
DMV DSO Fresno
2510 S. East Avenue, # 310
Fresno, CA 93706
Tel (559) 445-6399
Fax (559) 445-6379 or (559) 445-6396
Mon., Tue., Thu., Fri.: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Wed.: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Alameda County DMV DSO Office
DMV DSO Oakland
7677 Oakport Street, # 220
Oakland, CA 94621
Tel (510) 563-8900
Fax (510) 563-8950
Mon., Tue., Thu., Fri.: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Wed.: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

San Francisco County DMV DSO Office
DMV DSO San Jose
1377 Fell St., 2nd. Floor
San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel (415) 557-1170
Fax (415) 557-7375
Mon., Tue., Thu., Fri.: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Wed.: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

San Joaquin County DMV DSO Office
DMV DSO Stockton
710 N. American Street
Stockton, CA 95202
Tel (209) 948-7715
Fax (209) 463-4858
Mon., Tue., Thu., Fri.: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Wed.: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Santa Clara County DMV DSO Office
DMV DSO San Jose
90 Great Oaks Boulevard, # 104
San Jose, CA 95119
Tel (408) 229-7100
Fax (408) 229-7128 or (408) 229-7129
Mon., Tue., Thu., Fri.: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Wed.: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Do I Need An Attorney At My DMV APS DUI Hearing?

Yes, because what happens at your DMV hearing can be used to fight your DUI court case. The DMV hearing can be used to get more information about your DUI. That information is not available anywhere else except at the DMV hearing.

Only an attorney can fight at the DMV with skill. A person who represents themselves at the DMV is no match for a specially trained DMV hearing officer whose only job is to conduct DMV hearings 5 days a week every week of the year. There are no public defenders at the DMV hearing.

If your DUI happened in one of these places, I'd be happy to represent you at your DMV hearing:

  • Campbell
  • Cupertino
  • Gilroy
  • Los Gatos
  • Los Altos
  • Los Altos Hills
  • Milpitas
  • Monte Sereno
  • Morgan Hill
  • Mountain View
  • Palo Alto
  • San Jose
  • Santa Clara
  • Saratoga
  • Sunnyvale

Do you offer free consultations for criminal cases?

My time is valuable and so is yours. So, if you need to talk about getting help on your criminal defense case, or your DMV case, there is a charge to consult with me in person or by phone. In person visits are not available during the pandemic.

Consultations on criminal defense cases and DMV hearings are $225 for a 30 minute phone consultation with me, Attorney Renée Yvonne Gardner. 

These payments are only accepted through PayPal by clicking the yellow Pay Now button:

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In the message box, please write 30 min.

But, the good news is that if you hire me after the phone consultation, for the case about which we spoke, the $225 gets credited to your account.

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