Updated on February 3rd, 2021 at 10:49 pm


After a release from an arrest for drunk driving in Wisconsin, it is important to look through all of the paperwork that is received from the arresting officer.  The ticket(s) must be checked for a court date – When? Where? Is it mandatory? Etc.  There are other important dates to note as well.  Was the Notice of Intent to Suspend properly completed by the officer?  Even more important: Was the Request for an Administrative Review returned within 10 day deadline?

What is a Drunk Driving Administrative Review Hearing?

The Administrative Review hearing will determine whether a driver’s license is suspended immediately or at the time of sentencing for Driving Under the Influence (DUI).   The hearing is held between the DMV, the driver or his/her attorney, and the arresting officer.  This hearing is a review of the Stop and the events leading up to the arrest.  Factors such as whether the a person was actually driving, the reason for the stop, the legitimate reason for the arrest, if the driver submitted to Chemical Testing of Blood or Breath, and what the driver’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was at the time of driving.  The appearance of the arresting officer is also a factor in whether the driver’s license will be suspended.

Wisconsin License Suspension and Occupational Licenses

After the Administrative Review Hearing, a letter is sent to the driver with a determination.  Some letters state that the driver’s license will not be suspended at this time, while others are suspended.  After receiving a letter of suspension, it is the responsibility of the driver to maintain the validity of his/her license.  At this point, the driver must determine eligibility through the DMV of whether he/she can Apply for an Occupational License.

Hiring a Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney

When hiring a Wisconsin DUI Defense attorney you can be confident you will receive a thorough defense with Attorney Nathan J. Dineen of Vanden Heuvel & Dineen, S.C.  Attorney Dineen is certified in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and Drug Recognition Evaluation (DRE). He regularly attends continuing legal education seminars across the country that focus on issues of concern in DUI defense, including, proper use of breathalyzers and intoxilyzer equipment calibration, proper police DUI training, effective assistance at DMV administrative hearings, search and seizure issues, evidentiary issues requiring expertise in anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology, toxicology, and field sobriety testing, the development and application of expert defense witnesses, etc.  Contact Attorney Dineen at 1-877-384-6800 or Complete a Free Case Evaluation.  Remember to think before you drink, as it will affect you personally, professionally, and financially.