Successful defense at a DMV Negligent Operator Hearing relies on the expertise of the team presenting the case. Our team brings forth the very best experts in the field of Administrative Law, Science, Investigations and DMV Policy. We are specialized in this field and devote ourselves to protecting our Client’s driving freedom.
When it comes to protecting your driving privilege, results are the only thing that matter. We’ve conducted scores of DMV Negligent Operator Hearings and our results are among the best in the State. Our goal is to win and that means you keep driving.
Our team is highly experienced in DMV Negligent Operator Hearings. No matter the details of your case, we can likely help. Each of our cases is handled with the utmost care and each client is treated with respect and patience.
We understand our client’s fear and objectives and will strive to meet or exceed their expectations. The mission of California Drivers Advocates is to provide the highest quality representation to our clients at administrative hearings before the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
When it comes to protecting your driving privilege, results are the only thing that matter. We’ve conducted scores of DMV Administrative Hearings and our results are among the best in the State. Our goal is to win and that means you keep your license, and your ability to drive in California.
The Highest Quality DMV Defense isn’t something we preach, it’s what we practice every day. Our team is highly trained and experienced in every facet of our industry. This means that you’re in the best possible hands and protected by a team of DMV hearing professionals who care.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is easily one of the most powerful government agencies that Californians deal with on a frequent basis; even if they don’t know it. In addition to having the power to issue a driver license or register a car, the DMV is also set up to monitor the driving habits of all drivers and to take enforcement action against those drivers who have a demonstrated history of poor driving habits.
If any driver is determined to be negligent or unsafe in their driving, the DMV can take a variety of actions to either educate or penalize that person. The DMV has the option to do any of the following: Send letters to the driver warning them to modify their driving behavior, Order the driver in for a re-examination of their privilege to drive, Suspend the driver license, Revoke the driver license and/or Place the driver on a term of driving probation.
Any person who operates a motor vehicle in the State of California is continually monitored by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to ensure they always maintain the Skill, the Knowledge and the Physical/Mental Fitness to drive. Learn more about Suspensions for Too Many Points
Generally, when assessing traffic accidents, the NOTS computer will identify a driver as a Negligent Operator if… Learn more about Suspensions for Too Many Accidents
If the California DMV learns that you were involved in a Serious Injury accident, and if the Department believes you either caused or contributed to the event; the Department may initiate the process of suspending or revoking your privilege to drive. Learn more about Suspensions for Causing or Contributing to a Serious Accident.
The standard of proof is very, very low. The DMV only need to determine that a driver “caused or contributed to” a fatal accident. In other words, you don’t have to be the primary reason an accident occurred to lose your license. If you did something that contributed to the accident, you can be held accountable. Learn more about Suspensions for Causing or Contributing to a Fatal Accident
In its continuing effort to remove irresponsible and negligent drivers from the road, The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) monitors the driving history and behavior of all California Drivers. Learn more about Suspensions for Road Rage
California Vehicle Code section 12800 grants the DMV sweeping power to conduct an investigation of any driver to determine if an enforcement action is warranted:
“The department may conduct an investigation to determine whether the privilege of any person to operate a motor vehicle should be suspended or revoked or whether terms or conditions of probation should be imposed……”
California Vehicle Code section 12810 identifies a variety of violations that may cause the DMV to identify a driver as a Negligent Operator. Some of the most common reasons the DMV will label a person as a Negligent Operator are: Too many violation points within specified periods of time, Too many traffic collisions within specified periods of time, Causing or contributing to a serious injury or fatal accident, Road Rage, Reckless Driving, or Hit & Run, AND/OR Any other inappropriate or dangerous driving the DMV determines to be negligent.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is hardwired into the very fabric of our society and thus can receive information regarding a person’s driving behavior from a variety of sources. The most common sources to the DMV are:
NOTS Computer: Deep within the halls of the DMV is a computer based system known as the Negligent Operator Treatment System (NOTS). This brainless and soulless computer is connected to all courthouses in the State of California as well the National Registry of Drivers that updates the DMV on violations and accidents that occur outside the State of California. The NOTS computer does not consider any of the details in a violation and does not consider who is at fault in an accident. The computer simply registers a moving violation or accident and automatically assigns points for each event. If too many items appear in a short period of time, the computer arbitrarily labels the person as a Negligent Operator and an enforcement action will begin.
Law Enforcement Officers: All police officers are empowered to refer a driver to the DMV for issues of Negligent Operation. If a police officer contacts a driver during an enforcement stop or arrest, or if the officer contacts a driver during the course of an accident investigation; he or she may conclude that the driver’s actions were negligent. If the officer reports the event to the DMV, an enforcement action will begin.
Judicial Officers: While this is uncommon, it does occur that a judge may refer a driver to the DMV for Negligent Operation. If during a court proceeding a judge concludes there is concern over a person’s ability to drive, and if that judge has no legal authority to suspend or revoke a license, he or she may still report that person to the DMV which would initiate an enforcement action.
Court Convictions: Any time a person is convicted of a driving related offense, the court is required by law to send an electronic message to the DMV advising of the conviction. Known as an “abstract,” this electronic message does not update the DMV with details of the case. The message simply advises the DMV that a conviction has occurred. Upon receipt of an abstract from a court, a DMV enforcement action may begin.
Friends, family or neighbors: It does happen that friends, family or neighbors may report the actions of a driver to the DMV. Depending upon the nature of the reported driving behavior, a DMV enforcement action may begin.
Anonymous Sources: Even if the DMV receives information from an anonymous tipster that a driver may be negligent in the operation of a motor vehicle, the department will initiate an investigation and an enforcement action may occur.
If the DMV has received information from any source that you may be a Negligent Operator, California Law requires that the Department either initiate an investigation, known as a Re-Examination; or the Department can move to immediate suspension of the Driver License. Make no mistake, if you have received either a “Notice of Re-Examination” or an “Order of Suspension/Revocation” the DMV is not suggesting they MAY take an action against you. If you have received one of these notices in the mail the action has already begun.
In almost every case, there are specific time frames during which a driver must act to protect their driving privilege. If you fail to act in a timely manner, the DMV will suspend or revoke the driver license without the need for further information.
If you have received a notice that the DMV has labeled you as a Negligent Operator, you should immediately contact the DMV Defense Experts at California Drivers Advocates (CDA). We have been fighting for the rights of California drivers for many years and understand the inner workings of the DMV. Check out our reviews on Yelp and then call us to put a winning team on your case.
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