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Administrative Review Hearing in Tennessee

After being stopped by the police on suspicion of driving under the influence, the police officer will ask that you submit to a breath test. If you refuse the breath test of fail the test, the arresting officer will confiscate your driver’s license and you will be issued a notice of revocation that will serve as your temporary driving permit for the next ten days. From then on, you have ten business days to request an administrative hearing to challenge the revocation of your driver’s license. If you fail to request a hearing within that ten-day span, you will not be granted a hearing after that time and your driver’s license revocation will stand.

Once a hearing is requested, the department must schedule your hearing within fifteen days of receiving your request. Filing a request also extends your temporary driving permit until the date of your hearing. Your hearing will be held before an administrative law judge who will review all of the evidence from both sides and will make a final decision on your case. If the police officer’s revocation of your driver’s license is upheld, you may request a judicial review of the decision.


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