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Administrative Hearings

In North Dakota, the administrative hearing process for driving under the influence (DUI) cases typically follows a structured procedure. Here’s a general overview:

  1. Notice of Administrative Suspension: When a person is arrested for DUI in North Dakota, the arresting officer usually confiscates their driver’s license and issues a temporary permit. The driver is then given a notice of administrative suspension, which informs them that their license will be suspended unless they request a hearing within a specified period, typically within a few days.
  2. Request for Hearing: If the driver wishes to contest the suspension of their license, they must request an administrative hearing. This request must usually be made in writing and submitted to the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) within the specified timeframe. Failure to request a hearing within the designated period often results in an automatic suspension of the driver’s license.
  3. Scheduling of Hearing: Once the NDDOT receives the request for a hearing, they will schedule the administrative hearing. The hearing is typically conducted by an Administrative Hearing Officer employed by the NDDOT.
  4. Pre-Hearing Preparation: Prior to the hearing, the driver or their attorney may gather evidence, review police reports, and prepare their case to present arguments and evidence in their defense.
  5. Administrative Hearing: During the administrative hearing, both the driver and the arresting officer have the opportunity to present their case. The Administrative Hearing Officer presides over the hearing, ensuring that proper procedures are followed and that both parties have the opportunity to present their arguments and evidence.
  6. Evidence and Testimony: The driver and the arresting officer may present evidence such as witness testimony, police reports, chemical test results, and any other relevant information pertaining to the DUI arrest.
  7. Decision: After considering all the evidence and testimony presented during the hearing, the Administrative Hearing Officer will make a decision regarding the administrative suspension of the driver’s license. If the Administrative Hearing Officer determines that the suspension is warranted based on the evidence presented, the driver’s license will remain suspended for the specified period.
  8. Appeal Process: If the driver disagrees with the outcome of the administrative hearing, they may have the option to appeal the decision. The appeal process typically involves filing a petition with the appropriate court and presenting arguments as to why the decision should be overturned.

It’s important to note that the administrative hearing process for DUI cases may vary slightly depending on the specific procedures and regulations in North Dakota. It’s advisable for individuals facing DUI charges to consult with an attorney who is familiar with North Dakota’s DUI laws and administrative hearing process for personalized guidance and representation.