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Requesting a Driver License Hearing in a Utah DUI Case

When you are arrested or cited for DUI in Utah, your citation should contain a notice that you have a right to request a driver license hearing. Failure to request this hearing will result in an automatic suspension of your driving privileges.

A request for a driver license hearing in Utah must be made in writing, and must be made be made within ten days of the date you were cited or arrested. In rare cases, and if there is a good reason for the the request, a request for a driver license hearing may be granted after the ten-day period has passed. But these circumstances are rare. Whenever possible, the request should be made within the required ten-day period.

You have the right to be represented by counsel at a driver license hearing. Retaining a Utah defense attorney can help ensure that your rights are protected, not just in your license hearing but in the criminal DUI case. Based in Salt Lake City, Stephen Howard provides legal services to clients throughout Utah. Contact us today to arrange for an initial confidential consultation.

Does the DMV handle the driver license hearing in a Utah DUI case?

Utah Drunk Driving / DUI Lawyer Salt LakeYou may hear people (and even some Utah attorneys) refer to the "DMV" in connection with a DUI driver license hearing. In some states, the DMV is responsible for driver licenses. In Utah, however, the DMV (Division of Motor Vehicles) is a part of the Utah State Tax Comission. Driver license hearings and suspensions are instead handled by the Department of Public Safety, through its Driver License Division ("DLD"). Submitting a request for a driver license hearing to the DMV in Utah will not avoid a DUI license suspension. The written hearing request instead must be directed to the DLD.

Can I get copies of the police reports to prepare for a driver license hearing?

When your attorney submits the written request for a DLD hearing, your attorney may also request copies of any police reports or other records relating to your arrest or citation for DUI.

The easiest way to request the DLD hearing on a Utah DUI case is using a form provided on the DLD's website. If you have an attorney, your attorney can submit this request on your behalf. You can also submit the form yourself, and fill in your attorney's contact information on the form itself.

Keep in mind, however, that this request form only includes a request for a hearing. It does not include a request for any records, reports, or test results that may have been prepared in connection with the DUI case. Whether you have an attorney or are handling the driver license yourself, it is important to make a specific request for any police reports or other records from the DLD that may help in preparing for your license hearing.

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Based in Salt Lake City, Stephen Howard is a Utah defense attorney with a track record of successfully defending clients in cases ranging from homicide to DUI, and virtually everything in between. If you have been charged with DUI in Utah, contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.

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Attorney Stephen Howard practices as part of the Canyons Law Group, LLC and Stephen W. Howard, PC.

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560 South 300 East, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
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