Information on this page includes:
- DMV Hold on a driver’s license out of California
- DMV Abstract
Scheduling a DMV hearing could prevent your license from being suspended!
For all of Los Angeles County, we can assist with your DMV hearing.
What Entitles You to a DMV Hearing
If the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) wants to suspend your driver’s license for any of the following, you are entitled to a DMV hearing:
- Excessive points on your license record (negligent operator)
- No insurance coverage when involved in an accident
- DUI (Driving Under the Influence), whether drugs or alcohol
- Concerns pertaining to your driving ability, condition, or physical/mental health (see senior driver license problems for more details)
Requesting a DMV Hearing
Remember, you have a very short amount of time after receiving a letter from the DMV to make this request. Known as a “Negligent Operator DMV Hearing,” in many cases, this is the only hope for saving your license. As reputable attorneys who deal with traffic ticket and license suspension issues, we can schedule a hearing on your behalf. Simply call us at 844-999-9987.
Letter from the DMV
Once four points have been added to your license within any given year, the DMV will want to suspend your driving privileges for six months. Prior to taking action, the DMV will send you a letter advising of these plans. Immediately upon receipt, you need to request a DMV hearing. Typically, you have just 10 to 15 days once the letter is received to make this request.
Avoiding a Six-Month Suspension
Your only chance of avoiding a six-month suspension is with a DMV hearing for negligent operators. There is a chance that you will be granted a restricted license, which allows you to drive for school- or work-related events. You can learn more about points on your license here.
DMV Hearing Court
The types of issues that are heard in DMV court for a negligent operator are limited to the following:
- Driver is responsible for collisions on the driver’s license record
- Correctness of the driver record
- Pending court charges, convictions, or collisions that are now showing up on record (while these may not be used as the basis for suspension, they do reflect a negligent driving pattern)
- Alcohol consumption related to collisions and major violations indicated by the record
- Physical or mental conditions pertaining to the driving record
- Any mitigating or aggravating factors
DMV Hearing – Mitigating Factors
Some mitigating factors will benefit you at the DMV hearing.
Corrective Measures or Plans for Improvement
Correcting Driving Habits
If there is anything that you feel will lessen the degree of negligence shown on your record, you are allowed to testify. The best evidence for correcting your driving habits is a description of specific and reasonable steps that you are currently taking, along with control measures being used to prevent you from returning to your old driving habits.
As an example, if you have a problem with speeding, you can present to the DMV hearing that you had cruise control installed on your vehicle and that when driving on highways or freeways, you plan to activate it. Your plans will be carefully examined in light of your driving credibility, as well as any past actions specific to the circumstances.
Showing Remorse and Pledging to Drive Safely
Other mitigating factors include showing remorse for your infractions and pledging to drive safely, as well as obey all traffic laws.
If you need to drive in order to get to and from work, you can present mileage in the hearing that shows you drive solely for that purpose. With that, the DMV may issue you a restricted driver’s license that allows you to continue driving to work.
Vehicle Use and Mileage
The term “use” is interpreted to include the total use of the vehicle along with use for work, school, medical care, and other routine activities deemed significant.
The mileage that you travel is for both employment and non-employment driving.
To get answers to your questions regarding DMV hearings when having too many points on your record, please contact us.
In certain situations, mitigating factors relating to hardship can be presented. Some examples of what constitutes “hardship” include:
- You are the major contributor or sole provider for the family’s income.
- There is no alternative transportation available for significant and routine activities, such as work, school, and healthcare.
Restricted Driver’s License
As part of a DMV Hearing for a negligent operator, you might be allowed to have a restricted license for driving to work according to Vehicle Code 12812.
At Your Los Angeles DMV Hearing, We Can Help
Throughout the years, our qualified Los Angeles traffic attorneys have handled all types of DMV hearings, and we feel confident that we can help with yours, too. For a free legal consultation, please contact us at 844-999-9987.
If you were arrested in Los Angeles County for a DUI, contact our office immediately at 844-999-9987 so that we can obtain a stay and represent you at the DMV hearing.
- Negligent Operator Letter from the DMV
- Points on Your License