Having a valid driver’s license has become an essential part of California living. When your driver’s license is suspended or revoked you will find that your life becomes much more difficult. The loss of your driver’s license can make it difficult to do the things you do on a daily basis, like going to work or picking the kids up from school. In some cases, losing your license can cost you your job. This is a reality for the thousands of California drivers who have their licenses suspended by the DMV each year.
If you are at risk of having your driver’s license revoked or suspended it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. You will lose your license if you do not act quickly. Contact Los Angeles DMV attorney Ambrosio E. Rodriguez today for a free consultation.
Common Causes of Suspended Licenses in Los Angeles
There are a number of behaviors and offenses that can cause the DMV to suspend your California driver’s license. Some of these behaviors are enough, on their own, to warrant a suspended license. Other times, a habit of engaging in unlawful and/or dangerous behavior can cause the DMV to decide that your license should be suspended for a period of time. Your California driver’s license may be suspended if you:
- Are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI);
- Are accused of operating your motor vehicle negligently;
- Cause an accident resulting in death or great bodily harm;
- Fail to appear at a scheduled court hearing;
- Suffer from medical conditions that would endanger others if you operated a vehicle; and/or
- Receive multiple motor vehicle citations within a short window of time.
When one (or more) of these events occurs you may be at risk of losing your license for a period of time. The actions that follow will depend on the specific law or regulation you are accused of violating.
Suspended License After a DUI
In most cases, the DMV cannot automatically suspend or revoke your license when one of these events occurs. This rule does not apply to situations where you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). In Los Angeles, your license will automatically be suspended when you are arrested for DUI.
If you want to contest your suspended license – and your DUI – it is important to contact an attorney as soon as you can. You will have ten days from the date of your DUI arrest to file a request as Administrative Per Se hearing. This hearing will be your only chance to defend yourself and argue that your license should not be suspended. If you fail to request this Administrative Per Se hearing within ten days of your DUI your license will be suspended.
This Administrative Per Se hearing can be complicated and confusing, so it should be handled by an experienced criminal defense lawyer. At The Rodriguez Law Group, our attorneys have nearly two decades of experience handling complex DMV claims. We have the experience, knowledge, and skills necessary to secure the best possible outcome in your case.
Suspended License for Negligent Operations of a Motor Vehicle
You may know that each time you are issued a traffic citation a certain number of “points” go onto your driving record. The DMV keeps track of the points you have in the Negligent Operator Treatment System (NOTS). When you accumulate points you will receive notices in the mail warning you that additional driving issues could cause your license to be restricted, suspended, or revoked.
Negligent Operator Treatment System (NOTS) Notifications
The NOTS System will automatically generate and send notices to you when points are added to your license. These notices will alert you to any potential issues that could result if you continue to accumulate points. The consequences are directly linked to the seriousness of your offenses and/or the frequency of your infractions.
There are three different levels at which NOTS notifications will be generated.
You will receive a warning when you generate:
- 2 points in a 12 month period,
- 4 points within a 24 month period, or
- 6 points within a 36 month period.
You will receive a Notice of Intent to Suspend when you generate:
- 3 points within a 12 month period,
- 5 points within a 24 month period, or
- 7 points within a 36 month period.
You will be notified that your license will be suspended and will receive an Order of Suspension when you generate:
- 4 points within a 12 month period,
- 6 points within a 24 month period, or
- 8 points within a 36 month period.
When you receive an Order of Suspension in the mail you must request a NOTS hearing within ten days. Failure to request this hearing will result in the automatic suspension of your driver’s license.
Negligent Operator Treatment System (NOTS) Hearing
If you have received an Order of Suspension explaining that your license is at risk of suspension it is important to contact an attorney as soon as you can. Your attorney will immediately request a NOTS hearing and begin to build your case. This case will highlight the reason(s) why your license should not be suspended, which can include evidence, testimony, and any other information that may be helpful in your specific situation. At the hearing, your attorney will present evidence and testimony to support the argument that your license should not be suspended.
Scope of a NOTS Hearing
There are limitations to what can and cannot be considered in a NOTS hearing. The only issues that can be raised and discussed in a NOTS hearing are:
- Pending court charges, collisions, or convictions that are not currently reflected on your record;
- Whether or not you were responsible for any collisions on your record;
- Presence of alcohol in your system at the time of any driving infractions;
- The correctness of your driving record;
- Physical and/or mental conditions related to your driving record; and
- Other mitigating and/or aggravating factors.
Fight the Suspension of Your License
Have you generated multiple points on your driving record in a short period of time? Have you been arrested for driving under the influence and need to contest the suspension of your license? Contact the Rodriguez Law Group today for immediate legal assistance. For nearly two decades, our skilled DMV attorneys have helped clients like you fight to keep their driver’s license safe. We know that you and your family may depend on your ability to travel around Los Angeles and will fight to get the best possible outcome in your case.
You have a limited amount of time to request a hearing after an arrest or receiving an Order of Suspension, so it is important to act quickly. Call the Rodriguez Law Group today to learn more about how we can help you at your DMV hearing.