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Hiring a Lawyer For An Administrative Hearing
The following is information on the importance of hiring legal representation for an administrative hearing in DC. While many people believe they can be successful representing themselves, it is always a safer choice to go with someone who knows the ins and outs of the legal system and has done this before.
Below, are frequently asked questions on how an attorney can help you and how long you have to hire a legal representative. To learn more about administrative hearings call today and schedule a free consultation with a DC DUI lawyer.
Why is Hiring An Attorney For An Administrative Hearing Important?
For a lot of the same reasons that hiring an attorney for criminal cases is important. The attorney has specialized training in how to present legal arguments and how to analyze a case, a violation of the law. An attorney who is handling your administrative hearing should have some experience at the DMV, so they understand the procedures. They know what the examiners are looking for from experience.
At its core, it’s really the same as for a criminal case. You wouldn’t represent yourself at court because you don’t know the law. You hire somebody who does. That’s the same reason that you wouldn’t probably represent yourself at the administrative hearing. You don’t know the law, you hire somebody who does.
Do You Have a Time Limit For Hiring An Attorney in These Cases?
Usually it makes sense to try and hire an attorney as soon as possible so that they can start investigating your case and doing the things that are needed to prepare for the DMV suspension hearing.
But there is not particular time limit. Just that, generally, you should hire an attorney within ten or 15 days depending on your notice of proposed revocation time period.
Do You Need to Use the Same Lawyer For Your Hearing That You Used For Your DUI?
You do not. However, it usually makes sense to at least hire one law firm to represent you at both proceedings. If you’re hiring separate attorneys that aren’t affiliated with each other, you’re paying them to duplicate work, and that’s generally a waste of money.
If you hire one law firm and two different attorneys are going to work on your case, all the investigation can happen jointly. Those attorneys can consult with each other and develop a great defense. Or you can hire one attorney to handle both and that person is going to be intimately familiar with your case.
And he or she can represent you at both proceedings. So while you don’t have to hire the same attorney, it usually doesn’t make very much sense to hire separate law firms or unaffiliated attorneys to handle the cases.