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DUI DMV 10 Day Requirement

10-Day Rule for DUI Charges in La Mesa

DUI Attorney for DMV Hearings & Court Proceedings

Once you are charged with DUI, you only have 10 days to inform the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that you are seeking a stay and hearing. If you do not contact the DMV within 10 days of your arrest, the temporary license that you were given at the time of your arrest will expire at the end of 30 days and your license will be suspended. It is important to note that the 10 days include weekends and non-business days.

When you call the DMV to request a hearing, you will be asked if you plan on hiring an attorney. If you do plan on hiring an attorney, the DMV will then give you five days to have your attorney reach out to them to schedule a DMV hearing. This is where I can help you.

As your La Mesa DUI defense lawyer, I can:

  • Counsel you on your rights and options;
  • Schedule your DMV hearing;
  • Carefully prepare you for your hearing;
  • Represent you at your hearing; and
  • Handle every aspect of your criminal DUI case as well.

Requesting Your DMV Hearing

When you call the DMV to request a stay and hearing, you will need to have several documents ready. If you request a stay, you will be able to drive at least for two more months. If you request a hearing, you will have the opportunity to prevent the suspension of your license. Whichever you request, make sure to write down the name of the DMV employee that helped you, in addition to the date and time that you called. Information that you will need, and which should be found on the ticket, include your driver's license number, date of arrest, place of arrest, the arresting officer's name and ID number, and the type of test that you took.

With my legal experience and my commitment to my clients, I am here to offer my services as a La Mesa DMV hearing attorney to protect your license. I am also here to counsel you and to represent your interests in criminal court proceedings related to your DUI arrest. I serve drivers across La Mesa, El Cajon, Lemon Grove, and the surrounding areas.

If you need help requesting a stay or hearing with the DMV, please contact me at (619) 304-8499.

Case Results

Take a look at my victories!
  • Charges Reduced Client was having an affair and got pregnant. In a heightened sense of distress, my client decided it would be best for her and her 4 year old daughter to pass. She gave her liquid drain cleaner thinking she would die peacefully. She was going to then kill herself. Instead, her daughter started choking and coughing. My client snapped out of her emotional state and called for help. My client faced many years in prison. We negotiated with the Deputy District Attorney and she received a few years in prison.
  • Dismissed Client was charged with a battery against her husband. He called the police after she threw something and it hit him during a late night argument. She was sentenced to 3 years of informal probation. After 18 months we petitioned the Court to have her probation terminated our request was granted, her probation was terminated early and her case was dismissed.
  • No Custody Client swerved and hit a parked car. Her blood alcohol content was a.30, over 3 times the legal limit.
  • No Custody Client got arrested for the first DUI, we resolved it and shortly after he got a second DUI. Residential program instead of custody, and volunteer work instead of public work service.
  • No Actual Custody It was about 4 p.m. and my client had a fight with his wife. He decided to drink 1/2 pint of Vodka and hit the car in front of him and got arrested. He had a .12 blood alcohol content. This arrest was 2 years after a previous DUI conviction. So, he was still on probation. He could have done 90 days to 1 year in custody on this new DUI because of his probation violation. However, he received no actual custody: 96 hours of jail satisfied by CPAC-house arrest, 1 day of Public Service instead of 5, Fines at $50 per month and a no ignition interlock device ordered.
  • No Custody Officer smelled alcohol, said she had slurred speech, red eyes and other symptoms of being under the influence. She had a blood alcohol content of .11 and did not pass the Field Sobriety Tests given by the officer. She had a DUI with 2 DUI priors. Her result was no custody, credit for time served when arrested, no public service and instead did volunteer work, fines at $35 per month, no ignition interlock device ordered and a fine reduction of $575 by client agreeing to do a program.
  • Appeal Our client was sentenced to death for the brutal murder of a young mom and her 4 year old daughter. After reviewing thousands of pages from the trial, interviewing witnesses and family members, we found some issues that had not been previously litigated and were able to get these issues sent to State Court.
  • Reduced to Misdemeanor DUI Client fell asleep at the wheel, swerved off the highway and hit the vehicle of a woman and she was hurt very badly. Lots of negotiations with the Deputy District Attorney and got this case reduced to a misdemeanor. Client did not do custody. He had a lot of restitution to pay back to cover the young woman’s medical expenses.
  • No Charges Filed My client slapped her husband after he pushed her and was “handsy” with her. He called the police and she got arrested for battery. He made various statements that were inconsistent and therefore no charges were filed.
  • Drug Court Instead of Prison Represented a client with multiple DUIs. Once he overcame his alcohol addiction he became addicted to pain medication and muscle relaxants. Her was later arrested for a DUI after he hit a parked vehicle. While the District Attorney's Office was testing his blood for drugs, he got in 2 more accidents while driving. I was able to get him Drug Court. Where is a closely supervised 18 month program that will help him achieve sobriety and a lawful lifestyle.

Professional Help When You Need It Most

  • I treat my clients like family, not case numbers. My clients get the personal attention that their case deserves.
  • When you call my office, you get me! You will not be handed off. I live and breathe your case and I will be with you every step of the way.
  • As a mother of two, I understand it is important to do what's best for you and your family. You can trust, I will do just that for you.
  • I truly care about my clients and am here to help them with any legal matter they are facing.
  • I have your best interest at heart and in mind. I will patiently listen to what you want, need and value.
  • We will strategize and develop a game plan that will help you achieve your goals all while staying within your budget.

Hear From Others
I Have Helped

  • Attorney Andrea Schneider goes to great lengths for her clients.

    “Attorney Andrea Schneider goes to great lengths for her clients. Professional excellence! Keep up the great work and thank you for caring enough to get my husband started on his journey.”


  • I could not afford her to represent me, however, she was kind enough to charge me hourly and consult me.

    “She was patient, understanding, and very thorough. I feel very well prepared to submit my documents. I would highly recommend her expertise.”


  • She never gave up defending me.

    “She has a vast knowledge of the court system and the law. She has worked with me diligently since January, and it is now November, to keep me out of prison due to multiple DUI’s. I would highly recommend Andrea for any legal matters.”


  • She patiently heard my questions and gave detailed answers.

    “I used Andrea’s services for a divorce case. She was very knowledgeable and helpful. She patiently heard my questions and gave detailed answers. She went above and beyond to help me prepare how to communicate with my spouse.”


  • She asked the right questions and gave me great advice on a quite complex and complicated question.

    “Andrea called me back in beneath ten minutes. She was very focused on what I told her. She asked the right questions and gave me great advice on a quite complex and complicated question. I can highly recommend her.”