Pay special attention to the fact that the summary suspension hearing request must be filed within 90 days after the notice of suspension has been served on the defendant. In particular, here are the issues that can be addressed at a summary suspension hearing:
(1) Whether you were placed under arrest for being under the influence of alcohol and/or an intoxicating compound.
(2) Whether the officer had reasonable grounds to believe that you were driving or in actual physical control of a motor vehicle upon a highway under the influence of alcohol and/or intoxicating compound.
(3) Whether you, after being advised by the officer that refusing to take a test to determine your BAC would result in your license being suspended, did in fact refuse to submit to a test to determine your BAC.
(4) Whether you, after being advised by the officer that refusing to take a test to determine your BAC would result in your license being suspended, submitted to a test that indicated .08 or higher BAC or the presence of a controlled substance.
In order to win a rescission of your suspension, you must establish a prima facie case for rescission. In other words, you must prove sufficient evidence to support your claim. For example, if you were contesting section (1) above, you’re going to have to prove sufficient evidence that will cause the judge to believe that you may not have been intoxicated. If you are successful, then the burden shifts to the State, which must now prove sufficient evidence to justify the suspension. If the State cannot justify the suspension, your suspension will be rescinded. However, if you are successful at establishing a prima facie case for rescission, but the State successfully provides evidence justifying the suspension, your suspension will be sustained. Please take special note that when the burden is shifted to the State, the State does NOT have to prove its case “beyond a reasonable doubt.” That is an evidentiary bar used in criminal trials, not civil hearings! The bar for the State is much lower in civil hearings.