The decision after a DMV hearing following a DUI arrest can be either a set aside or an uphold of the suspension. When the decision is unfavorable to the driver the next step can be either to appeal the finding or move on. For first offenders who took a test the suspension period of four months typically does not justify a decision to appeal the hearing officer's decision. The driver can usually get a restricted license after waiting 30 days. Foe second offenders an appeal may be more tenable given the one year
re-issue date. In either event the decision must be one that takes into account the costs and benefits of the entire situation. The alternative to a full scale appeal can be something called a Departmental Review, more information about this approach will be discussed in a future post.