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Sacramento DMV Hearing Lawyer

DMV Hearing Defense

At Crowell Law Offices, we are experts at DMV hearings. Whether you are facing a potential negligent operator suspension for too many points, or an administrative suspension for DUI, our attorneys handle these hearings daily, and we do everything we can to avoid a license suspension. Many people make the mistake of hiring a general practice or “family” attorney for these specialized hearings, thinking that “any lawyer will do”, but at Crowell Law Offices we understand the importance of your driver’s license.


Whether you are a commercial driver or simply need a license to get to and from work (restricted license), we have the knowledge to give you the best shot at keeping a very valuable privilege – the privilege of driving. In fact, we have filed public records requests and obtained through subpoena the actual driver safety manuals used by the DMV in the common hearings. Describe your situation by filling out our online contact form. If you wish to speak directly to an attorney, call us at (916) 303-2800 and we will give you an explanation of your legal rights and options. For your convenience, click here for a list of common point violations and the DMV point system.


Negligent Operator Hearings

One of the common types of hearings is for drivers who get too many points. If you get four points in one year, six in two years, or eight in three years, the DMV will mail you a notice stating that unless you take action, your license will automatically be suspended. Do not ignore this notice! You have limited time to set a hearing contesting the action. Your best bet is to hire a good attorney who specializes in this area of law. At Crowell Law Offices, we have a very high success rate at saving licenses in negligent operator hearings.


Administrative “Per-Se” Suspension Hearings

A driver stopped for DUI is usually the subject of these hearings. If you do not contact the DMV within ten days to set a hearing, your license will be automatically suspended after your 30 day temporary license expires. You should always set a hearing within the time limit, or you may simply suffer the suspension without recourse. If you have missed your hearing scheduling deadline, we can submit a late request on your behalf, and the DMV grants late hearings under certain circumstances. You may also request a “stay” on your license, meaning your license will remain valid at least until you have your hearing. The hearings are very technical in nature, and the seemingly slightest oversight by a police officer may lead to a “set-aside”. A set-aside means exactly that, the DMV “sets aside” the action and you suffer no administrative license suspension. Email an attorney now for more information or call to speak to an attorney at (916) 303-2800.