DMV SELF-DEFENSE SOLUTION FOR
DMV SUSPENSIONS FOR DEMENTIA
DMV SELF-DEFENSE SOLUTION FOR
DMV SUSPENSIONS FOR DEMENTIA

Why does the California DMV suspend a driver license for Dementia?

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is one of the most powerful Government Agencies in the State of California with the absolute power to control our citizens’ freedom and privilege to drive.  No other Government Agency in California has the power to control a person’s day to day life, traveling freedom and ability to earn a living.

It has always been drilled into our heads that driving in California is a conditional privilege.  This means the State of California will grant the privilege to drive to qualified applicants.  So, while the California DMV has the absolute power to grant a driving privilege, the department also holds the awesome power to withdraw a person’s driving privilege.

There is a variety of issues that can cause the California DMV to suspend or revoke a person’s driving privilege.  Negligent Operation, DUIs and Road Rage are all common reasons for the DMV to suspend or revoke a person’s driving privilege.  The DMV is also empowered, to withdraw the driving privilege of any person who does not maintain the Physical and/or Mental Fitness to drive.

In this segment we focus upon the DMV’s concern about whether or not an individual driver who is diagnosed with Dementia maintains the fitness to operate a motor vehicle on a California roadway.

Driving is a complex act that requires a driver to master the art of Multi-Tasking in order to safely maneuver on our public roadways.  Dementia may affect a driver’s ability to:

  • Concentrate and Pay Attention: A driver must be able to concentrate and pay attention to the road.  Roadway, weather and traffic conditions change continually and a driver must be able to adjust in this ever-changing environment.
  • Judgement and Decision Making: A driver must be able to anticipate and interpret the actions of other drivers and pedestrians.  Making a decision to increase speed, decrease speed or apply braking are vital aspects of driving.
  • Perception/Reaction Time: A drivers ability to identify and perceive a danger or threat and then to react quickly to that threat is one of the hallmarks of safe driving.
  • Anger Management: Driving is a complex task of ever changing stimuli.  The ever changing environment can tax a person’s patience and emotional outbursts for a person with Dementia are common.  Responding to other rude or aggressive drivers with anger can make a bad situation worse.  Losing one’s temper over impatience or Dementia can cause accidents.
  • Memory Issues: All drivers must be able to recall the “rules of the road.”  What street signs mean and how to react to them.  The recollection of routes to travel home is vital.

Essentially, because the California DMV is so focused on public safety and, because

Dementia has the potential to reduce a person’s ability to safely drive, the Department will act aggressively to take a person off the road and ask questions later.

If the DMV learns I have Dementia, what action will it take?

Anytime the DMV learns that a driver has been diagnosed with memory loss, cognitive decline, dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, it will use the power granted by the California Vehicle Code to determine that person’s fitness to drive.  If the Department learns that you have some form of Dementia, it will take one of the following actions:

Re-Examination: If the department suspects that an individual driver suffers Dementia that may impact driving, it has the option to order that driver to participate in a Re-Examination of their driving privilege. A Re-Examination, and the associated interview is an investigation conducted by the DMV, prior to suspension, to determine if there is a reason to withdraw that person’s privilege to drive.

When there is an allegation of Dementia, the DMV normally DOES NOT conduct a Re-Examination; normally, the Department moves to immediate suspension.

If the Department does conduct a Re-Examination the accused driver is often kept in the dark regarding what evidence the department possesses to establish a concern for their Physical or Mental capacity to drive. In many instances the driver does not learn the details of the accusation until the Re-Examination interview begins. This puts the driver in a weakened position where he/she must anticipate what the department will focus upon. During a Re-Examination interview the accused driver is not permitted to be represented by an Advocate or Attorney. While a representative may be present during the interview that person may appear as an observer but may don nothing to defend the driver. This mandates that the accused driver be prepared to represent themselves.  Preparing you to represent yourself at a Re-Examination interview is precisely what we do.

At the end of a Re-Examination interview the assigned hearing officer will either reject the driver’s argument and suspend the driver license or, the hearing officer may end the action and close the case.  Also, if the driver refuses or fails to complete the Re-Examination process, their driver license will be suspended for failing to comply.  This type of suspension will remain in effect until the accused driver completes the process.  In other words, the suspension remains in effect forever or, until you complete the process.  It does not simply go away.

Immediate Action Suspension: If the department receives information that an individual driver no longer possesses the Physical or Mental fitness to drive, and if the information received is egregious enough in suggesting the driver poses a present danger to the motoring public, the DMV may take an immediate action to suspend the driver license.  This often occurs when the information received comes from a physician. By taking an immediate suspension action, the department preemptively suspends the person’s driving privilege until a hearing can be convened to establish if the accusatory information is correct.

Once the DMV takes an immediate suspension action against a person’s driving privilege, the accused driver is entitled to an Administrative Hearing to reverse the decision. There are sensitive time elements in play that require the driver to react quickly or be denied a hearing. This makes it incumbent upon the accused driver to seek out representation as quickly as possible. Unlike a Re-Examination, at a Physical/Mental Hearing the driver is entitled to be represented by any person of their choosing. In fact the driver maintains the right to represent themselves. Again, this is exactly what we are in business to do…. We help you to help yourself.

We help you to defend yourself.

 At an Administrative Hearing the driver is permitted to introduce evidence to rebut the department’s information. Witnesses may testify and the driver may make statements under oath. Ultimately, the assigned hearing officer will either sustain the suspension, which keeps the driver off the road, or the suspension may be ended.

The California Legislature has granted the California Department of Motor Vehicles broad power to investigate allegations that a driver may have a Physical or Mental disorder and to take preemptory action, if necessary, to protect the general public. While the DMV is tasked with this solemn responsibility, it is not uncommon for the department to overreact or misinterpret information that results in the suspension of a healthy person’s driving privilege.

What Gives the DMV the Authority to Suspend My License for Dementia?

All of the DMV’s power to suspend or revoke a person’s privilege to drive is derived from the California Vehicle Code (CVC).  The California Legislature has granted the DMV sweeping power to suspend or revoke a person’s privilege to drive if it is in the best interest of the motoring public.  An individual person’s need to drive is secondary to the safety and security of the public.   In other words, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one.

California Vehicle Code Section 13953 is a broad and sweeping law that grants the DMV nearly unbridled power to suspend a person’s privilege to drive if there is evidence to support it.

California Vehicle Code Section 13953 states: 

“In the alternative to the procedure under Sections 13950, 13951 and 13952 and in the event the department determines upon investigation or reexamination that the safety of the person subject to investigation or other persons on the highways require such action, the department shall forthwith and without hearing suspend or revoke the privilege of the person to operate a motor vehicle or impose reasonable terms and conditions of probation which shall be relative to the safe operation of a motor vehicle.  No order of suspension or revocation or the imposition of the terms or conditions of probation shall become effective until 30 days after the giving or written notice thereof to the person affected, except that the department shall have authority to make such order effective immediately the giving of notice when in its opinion because of the mental or physical condition of the person, such immediate action is required for the safety of the driver or other persons on the highways.”

What does the DMV define as Dementia?

Dementia is a broad term used by the DMV to define a person who suffers with the impaired ability to remember past events, places or people.  This person’s though processes may be impaired or they may have difficulty making decisions. Essentially, any cognitive issue that interferes with the performance of everyday activities is going to be labeled as Dementia or a mental disorder.

Most commonly Dementia affects older Americans but the disorder is not age specific.  In other words, Dementia is not part of the normal aging process.  Also, Dementia seems to be a growing problem for Americans.  In 2014, it was estimated that, of those at least 65 years of age, there was an estimated 5 million adults with Dementia.  That number is expected to skyrocket to 14 million by the year 2060. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of Dementia but, there are several other forms of this disorder.

Alzheimer’s Disease: Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common cause of Dementia.  Although what causes Alzheimer’s Disease is not fully understood, it is well known that a small percentage of Alzheimer’s Disease is related to mutations of three genes that are passed down from parent to child.  One of the most common genes is the Apolipoprotein E-4 (APOE).  Alzheimer’s patients have plaques and tangles which appear in the brain.  Plaques are clumps of protein called beta-amyloids, and tangles are fibrous masses made up of tau protein.  It is thought that these proteins and tangles damage healthy neurons and the fibers connecting them.

Vascular Dementia: This type of Dementia is caused when the vessels that supply blood to the brain are damaged.  Problems with the function of blood vessels in the brain can cause strokes or other problems.  Such problems can cause damage to the fibers that make up the white matter of the brain.  The most common signs of Vascular Dementia include difficulty with problem-solving, slowed thinking and loss of focus and the ability to organize.  These symptoms tend to be more prevalent than memory loss and may dissipate over time if the vascular problems improve.

Lewy body Dementia: The term “Lewy Body” refers to an abnormal balloon-like mass of protein that creates clumps in the brain.  Lewy Bodies have been found in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease.  Lewy Body Dementia tends to be one of the more progressive forms of the disorder.  The most common signs of Lewy Body Dementia include acting out one’s dreams while sleeping.  Seeing things that aren’t there (visual hallucinations), and problems with focus and attention.  Other signs affect the motor skills of the patient, such as, uncoordinated, slow, movement, tremors and rigidity.

Frontotemporal Dementia: This is a group of diseases characterized by the breakdown of nerve cells and their connection in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain.  These areas of the brain are generally associated with personality, behavior and language.   In frontotemporal Dementia, portions of the brain actually begin to shrink (atrophy).  Common symptoms of frontotemporal dementia are dramatic changes in the patient’s personality.  They may become socially inappropriate, impulsive or emotionally indifferent.  Others may lose their ability to properly use language to communicate.

Because of the actions of the patient, frontotemporal dementia is often misdiagnosed as a mental health or psychiatric problem or as Alzheimer’s Disease.  While frontotemporal dementia can strike a patient at any time, it tends to afflict people at a younger age than does Alzheimer’s Disease.

How does the California DMV learn I have Dementia?

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is a very social government agency that receives information from a variety of sources. The DMV may receive information suggesting that a driver suffers with a Physical or Mental disorder from:

Law Enforcement Officers, Judges, Physicians or other medical professionals, The individual driver, DMV Employees, Friends, Family, Neighbors, Social Media and Anonymous Tipsters

Law Enforcement Officers: Law enforcement officers patrol our roadways 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Thousands of times each day,  law enforcement officers contact drivers in California for a variety of reasons. Some contacts begin with a traffic stop while others occur when an officer is investigating a traffic collision. During such a contact, there are times when a law enforcement officer may feel that something he sees or has learned suggests that the individual driver may suffer with a Mental disorder that makes them unsafe to drive.  An example of this occurs when a driver is contacted by a law enforcement officer due to a traffic violation.  It may happen that during the contact the law enforcement officer may hear or see something that causes him concern the driver is not mentally competent to drive.  Any Physical or Mental disorder that brings into question the person’s ability to drive may be good cause to order a Re-Examination or the immediate suspension of that person’s driving privilege.

While California law enforcement officers do not have the authority to directly suspend a person’s driver license they do have the authority to request that the DMV review that person’s fitness to drive. If a law enforcement officer suspects that an individual driver suffers with a  Mental disorder affecting the ability to drive, he/she will prepare a “Request for Re-Examination” that is forwarded to the DMV. Normally a copy of the Request for Re-Examination is provided to the accused driver at the time of contact. In some instances, however, the law enforcement officer fails to provide the Request for Re-Examination to the driver which can make it difficult for the driver to understand why the DMV is taking an action against their driving privilege.

Moreover, the law enforcement officer has the option to accelerate the Re-Examination process by preparing his request as a “Request for Priority Re-Examination.” In this instance the driver is mandated to contact their local Driver Safety Office within 5 days of the issuance of the request or face the immediate suspension of their driving privilege.

Although law enforcement officers and the DMV vigorously deny they discriminate against mature drivers, it is abundantly clear the vast majority of drivers referred to the DMV are above the age of 55. The hard truth is as we age our bodies begin to betray us, our vision fades, and our reaction time slows. This is a  natural result of  aging but does not necessarily mean your license should be suspended.  Also, there are a certain number of law enforcement officers who just arbitrarily believe elderly people should not be driving.  This notion is not correct and must be fought.

Judges:  Hundreds of times each day, Judges speak with drivers in cases ranging from civil matters and family law to criminal cases and traffic violations.  During such a contact, a judge may learn a person suffers with a  Mental disorder that may affect driving.  As powerful as judges are, they are often limited in their ability to suspend a person’ s driving privilege unless it is related to a criminal matter.  In these instances, a Judge may report a driver to the DMV.

Physicians or Other Medical Professionals: The most common means by which the DMV learns that an individual driver may suffer with a Dementia is when that driver’s disorder is reported by a physician, surgeon, or other medical professional.  Although one’s medical history should be a private matter between a patient and their doctor, California law specifically mandates that medical professionals report disorders that may affect safe driving.

Health & Safety Code Section 103900 orders:

“Every physician and surgeon shall report immediately to the local health officer in writing, the name, date of birth, and address of every patient at least 14 years of age or older whom the physician or surgeon has diagnosed as having a case of a disorder which affects safe driving.”

 So essentially the California Legislature has inserted itself into the Doctor/Patient privilege by mandating physicians report medical disorders that would otherwise remain private. Unfortunately, this places physicians and surgeons in an awkward position where they must report a diagnosis of Dementia or risk the loss of their medical license.  They simply do not have a choice.

The Individual Driver: Another common means by which the DMV learns that an individual driver suffers with a Dementia occurs when the driver reports the disorder to the DMV himself. That’s right, there are instances when a driver inadvertently places his own driving privilege in jeopardy.

This most commonly occurs when an applicant for a new driver license or, when an existing driver who is applying to renew their driver license, admits they suffer with a Physical or Mental disorder during the application process. The application for the issuance of an original driver license or to renew an existing driver license specifically requires the applicant to reveal any Physical or Mental disorders that could affect safe driving. The application is filed as a sworn document so failure to reveal an existing Physical or Mental disorder may be construed as an act of fraud and/or perjury.  Because of this, drivers are placed in the awkward position of having to “self-report” a disorder which ultimately could end up causing the suspension or denial of the driving privilege.

DMV Employees: Yet another common source of information reporting that a driver may suffer with Dementia comes from employees of the Department of Motor Vehicles. This often occurs when an individual driver visits a local DMV field office to conduct business. The driver may be there to register a car or apply for the renewal of their driver license; in any event it causes the driver to come into contact with a DMV employee.

If any DMV employee suspects that an individual driver suffers with a Dementia that could affect safe driving, they are empowered to report their suspicion to the department. Depending upon the severity of the employee’s report, the department may either require the driver to participate in the Re-Examination process or to issue an immediate suspension.

DMV employees are not classically trained in recognizing Dementia so their suspicions are often based on little or no actual evidence. For example, if an elderly driver is a little too slow answering a question or seems confused, a DMV employee could erroneously report the driver to the DMV when he is perfectly safe to drive.

Friends, Family or Neighbors Many times drivers are shocked to discover the DMV has learned about their diagnosis of Dementia through someone they know. There are times when a friend, family member, or neighbor may an individual driver no longer possesses the Physical or Mental fitness to drive and decides it is their duty to report that person to the department.

The California DMV is mandated to investigate any and all reports that a driver suffers with a physical or mental disorder that could affect their ability to drive. So regardless of the source of reporting, the DMV must take action to determine if the accused driver is fit to drive.

We often see this occur when a child or grandchild of an elderly driver believe their loved one poses a risk to themselves or other persons on the highway. This may cause the drivers family to report them to the DMV.

Social Media: We all live in a technically advancing world. Thirty-five years ago the Internet didn’t even exist and a person’s Physical or Mental history was much more private. Today, the reach of social media is profound. Social media sites like Facebook, Tick-Tock, and Twitter place our lives on display to the entire world.

It is not uncommon for the DMV to learn that an individual driver suffers with a Mental disorder that could affect their ability to drive by way of social media. Remember, the California DMV is mandated by law to investigate any information, from any source, that a driver no longer possesses the fitness to drive.  We should all exercise great discretion to limit the amount of information available to the Internet.

Anonymous Tipsters: As repeatedly stated in this article, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is mandated to investigate an allegation that a driver may suffer with Dementia affecting their ability to drive; regardless of the source of that information.  Even in those instances where the source of information is an anonymous tipster, the DMV must take action to protect the motoring public.

The problem with the department blindly investigating anonymous tips of a driver’s fitness to drive is that it creates the opportunity for false or fraudulent reporting. We  personally represented a driver whose license had been suspended based upon an anonymous tip received from an angry neighbor. In this particular case a property line dispute between the accused driver and his neighbor resulted in that neighbor erroneously reporting the driver suffered from Dementia. Ultimately the driver’s license was reinstated, however, it took several months to resolve the problem and the neighbor was never punished for his false report.

Does the DMV make mistakes when it labels someone as having Dementia?

The short answer is absolutely.  Remember the DMV is mandated by law to take peremptory action against a driver if there is any information, from any source, that an individual driver may suffer with a Physical or Mental Disorder.  This includes a report the driver has Dementia. 

 Dementia is an organic brain disorder that is characterized by impaired cognition which normally has a negative effect on memory, judgement and function.  This disorder can also have a direct impact on a person’s motor functions.  Motor related problems may include:

  • Tremors
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Muscle spasms or twitches
  • Poor Coordination
  • Slowed reaction times
  • Impaired ability to recognize dangers
  • Impaired problem solving

Because each of these are directly tied to one’ ability to drive, the DMV tends to be quite aggressive in suspending the driving privilege of a person thought to have Dementia.  In their zeal to protect the motoring public, the  DMV will often make mistakes and suspend the driving privilege of an accused driver based on little or incorrect information.  Essentially, the DMV will take you off the road and then challenge you to prove they made a mistake.

The cruel truth about aging is that as we get older, our bodies begin to betray us.  Naturally, our bodies slow down and begin to lose strength.  One of the more common issues that causes the DMV to erroneously suspend a person’s driving privilege is “Mild Cognitive Impairment.”  More commonly known as normal age-related memory loss, this is simply a function of aging.

The following types of memory loss are normal among older adults and generally are not considered warning signs of Dementia: 

  • Occasionally misplacing things that you use regularly like eye glasses or keys.
  • Forgetting the names of acquaintances or blocking one memory with a similar one, such as calling your grandson by your son’s name.
  • Occasionally forgetting an appointment or walking into a room and forgetting why you were there.
  • Being distracted of having trouble recalling the details of a conversation.
  • Not being quite able to retrieve information that is “right on the tip of your tongue.”

All of these are simple functions of the aging human brain; however, they can be misinterpreted by someone that ends up reporting you to the DMV.

How can I defend myself against suspension for Dementia if I can’t afford an Attorney or Advocate?

When the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issues a Notice of Re-Examination or an Order of Suspension to a person suffering with a Dementia it is no laughing matter. The accused driver is immediately investigated or taken off the road and their privilege to drive will remain suspended until such time as that driver takes the initiative to reverse the order and prove they have the cognition to drive.

This type of suspension is absolute. This means until the accused driver is able to participate in an Administrative Hearing to reverse the DMV’s decision, that person is not permitted to drive for any reason. There is no provision for a restricted license which would allow a person limited driving while they work on their case. In the interest of public safety the license will remain suspended, without exception, until the accused driver is able to prove their fitness to drive.   The DMV takes no account of the accused persons’ need to drive. Even though our citizens commonly live great distances from where they work, the DMV will remove them from the road without hesitation. This can have truly devastating consequences for the accused driver as the loss of their driving privilege can profoundly affect their ability to earn, attend medical appointments or attend to the needs of family.  The DMV simply DOES NOT CARE.  If you have been diagnosed with Dementia the department will presume you are unfit to drive and then will act to take you off the road.

If you have received a Notice of Re-Examination or an Order of Suspension from the California DMV alleging that you suffer with a Dementia that affects your ability to drive, do not despair. Although you may temporarily lose the privilege to drive, this does not have to be a life sentence. There are many things that can be done to either prevent the suspension of your license or to restore it if it has been suspended.  More importantly, if you cannot afford to hire an Administrative Advocate or Attorney, you can successfully defend yourself.  That’s why we’re here.  We help you defend yourself.

Throughout our website we constantly state that the best way to defend yourself before the California DMV is through representation by an Administrative Advocate or Attorney. The laws governing the operation of motor vehicles in California are complex. The Administrative Procedures Act, which governs how Administrative Hearings are conducted, is difficult to understand; and the California Vehicle Code, which controls the DMV, is archaic. If you have the resources to retain a DMV defense professional, do it.

If you, however, are in a position where you simply cannot afford the fees charged by professional Administrative Advocates or Attorneys, that does not mean you have to go down in flames. You can and should fight to protect your driving freedom. Here at Your DMV Self-Defense Solutions, we are specifically set up to help drivers who can’t afford the DMV “Dream Team.” California Law expressly permits an accused driver to represent themselves in actions before the California DMV and we’re here to ensure you do it the right way.

Our background is in DMV Administrative Advocacy.  For decades we have fought side by side with our Clients at Administrative License Suspension Hearings before the California DMV. We have extensive training and experience in California Law and DMV protocol, so we know what it takes to save your driving privilege and we are ready to help you help yourself.   We offer services unlike any other DMV defense group in California.

At Your DMV Self-Defense Solutions, we offer 3 different self-defense packages to assist you in defending yourself against a DMV administrative license Re-Examination or Suspension Hearing. That’s right, we help you do-it-yourself; and the fees are far less than those charged by Administrative Advocates and Attorneys. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call us.  Let us assess what your case requires and what we can do to help you Defend Yourself.

Our Solutions are form-fitted to you depending upon the complexity of your case, your need to drive, and your individual strengths and weaknesses.  Proper self-defense at a DMV Re-examination or Suspension Hearing can require one to be adept at the use of computers, fax machines and telephones for communication.  Proper self-defense can require in-depth legal research and learning to navigate the DMV’s maze of requirements and protocols.

Some people have all the strengths necessary to defend themselves with a minimum of guidance, while others need their case to be managed and prepared right up to the point of testimony.

With proper guidance you can defend yourself at the DMV and YOU CAN WIN!!

How we can help you win your License Suspension Hearing for Dementia

If you find yourself in the predicament of having to fight the DMV to save or restore your driving privilege but, you cannot afford the fees charged by Administrative Advocates and Attorneys we may have a Solution that fits your needs and your budget.

To begin with, you have to conduct a self-assessment of you and your case.  By answering these few questions for yourself and speaking with us, you can decide which of our Solutions works for you.  Ask yourself:

  • Why is the DMV re-examining me or suspending my driving privilege?
  • Do I really have Dementia or some other mental health issue that affects driving?
  • How critical is my need to drive?
  • How complex are the issues in my case with the DMV?
  • How comfortable am I communicating by telephone, email and fax?
  • How comfortable am I conducting legal research and preparing legal documents?
  • How comfortable am I communicating with authority figures?

Once you have answered these questions then you can review the Solutions we offer to select one that meets your needs.

Platinum

$1200
  • We file a formal “Request for Hearing”
  • We file a “Request for Stay of Suspension”
  • We file a formal “Request for Discovery”
  • Collection of evidence & preparing witness statements: Included
  • We file a formal “Notice of Affirmative Evidence”
  • We prepare you for testimony: Question Prep
  • We provide you details about your DMV Hearing Officer
  • Any Follow-up after your Hearing: We handle it
  • We file a formal “Request to Terminate” Suspension

Gold

$750
  • Instructions: How to file your formal “Request for Hearing”
  • Instructions: How to file your “Request for Stay of Suspension”
  • Instructions: How to file your “Request for Discovery”
  • Instructions: Collection of evidence & the preparation of witnesses
  • Instructions: How to file your “Notice of Affirmative Evidence”
  • Provided: A list of questions you should expect to be asked
  • We provide you details about your DMV Hearing Officer
  • Any Follow-up after your Hearing: we instruct you how to handle
  • Instructions: How to file a formal “Request to Terminate” Suspension

Silver

$500
  • Instructions: How to file your formal “Request for Hearing”
  • Instructions: How to file your “Request for Stay of Suspension”
  • Instructions: How to file your “Request for Discovery”
  • Instructions: Collection of evidence & the preparation of witnesses
  • Instructions: How to file your “Notice of Affirmative Evidence”
  • Testimony Prep: NONE
  • We provide you details about your DMV Hearing Officer
  • Any Follow-up after your Hearing: we instruct you how to handle
  • Instructions: How to file a formal “Request to Terminate” Suspension
Learn More About Each Solution Here

Each one of our Solutions has been carefully crafted based on decades of experience gained in representing drivers at DMV Dementia Hearings.  We have actually been in the trenches fighting the DMV to restore the driving freedom of thousands of Clients.  By utilizing one of our three solutions, you put a defense team behind you with the skill, knowledge and experience to get the job done.  You put yourself in the position of being fully prepared and confident to face the DMV and to prevail in the end.

So, if you can’t afford the price of high-quality Advocates or Attorneys, call Your DMV Self-Defense Solutions today.  You should never allow the DMV to steal your driving freedom without a fight.  Call us today and we’ll guide you through the battle.

In this solution we handle EVERYTHING to prepare you to represent yourself at a DMV Reexam or Hearing.  We manage everything right up to the point your hearing begins.  The Platinum Solution includes:

  • We file a formal “Request for Hearing” on your behalf with the Financial Responsibility Unit in Sacramento. This is done in a timely manner with proper documentation.  We then confirm the DMV has received the request so they can’t wiggle out of giving you a hearing.
  • We file a “Request for Stay of Suspension” on your behalf to stop the suspension of your driving privilege until the outcome of the Administrative Hearing.
  • We file a formal “Request for Discovery” which compels the DMV to provide you with all of its evidence.
  • We conduct a detailed interview with you to learn all about who you are as a person and how you came to the DMV’s attention.
  • From the information derived in the interview, we provide you a Checklist of things to be completed.
  • If the collection of evidence or the preparation of witness statements is important, we assist to get that done.
  • We file a formal “Notice of Affirmative Evidence” on your behalf to compel the DMV to accept all of your evidence.
  • We prepare you for testimony. In this phase we instruct you on what questions to expect during your hearing and how to appropriately conduct yourself and answer those questions.  We actually explain the entire hearing process and practice your testimony.
  • We update you on information concerning your individual DMV Hearing Officer. What type of things do they appreciate?  What type of things tend to irritate them?
  • If there is any follow-up after your Hearing, we handle it.
  • When the case draws to a conclusion, we file a formal “Request to Terminate” Suspension on your behalf with the DMV.

**We do not represent you at your Suspension Hearing but, we handle everything right up to that point and have you completely prepared to conduct your hearing, on your own with confidence**

One step down from the Platinum Solution is our Gold Solution.  In this solution, the burden of preparation falls more squarely on your shoulders but, we instruct you every step of the way.  The Gold solution includes:

  • Instruction on how to file your own formal “Request for Hearing” in a timely manner with the Financial Responsibility Unit in Sacramento and how to confirm the DMV’s receipt of the request.
  • Instruction on how to file your own “Request for Stay of Suspension” to stop the suspension of your driving privilege until the outcome of the hearing.
  • Instruction on how to file your own “Request for Discovery” to compel the DMV to provide you with its evidence.
  • We conduct a detailed interview with you to learn all about who you are as a person. We also learn what brought you to the DMV’s attention.
  • From the information derived in the interview, we provide you a Checklist of things to be done and how to appropriately communicate with the DMV.
  • If the collection of evidence or the preparation of witnesses is important, we instruct you on how to perform these tasks.
  • We instruct you how to file your own “Notice of Affirmative Evidence,” in an appropriate manner so the DMV will accept your items of evidence.
  • We provide you a list of questions you should expect to be asked during Administrative Hearing.
  • We update you on information concerning your individual DMV Hearing Officer. What type of things do they appreciate?  What type of things tend to irritate them?
  • If there is any follow-up after your Re-Exam or Hearing, we instruct you how to handle those issues.
  • When the case draws to a conclusion, we instruct you how to file a formal “Request to Terminate” Suspension with the DMV.

**In the Gold Solution, we do not represent you at your Administrative Hearing and we do not communicate with the DMV on your behalf but, we manage your case and instruct you every step of the way in preparing your own defense**

Our most basic solution is the Silver Solution.  In this solution, we provide minimal instruction on how to handle your case. The Silver Solution includes:

  • Instruction on how to prepare and file your own formal “Request for Hearing” in a timely manner with the Financial Responsibility Unit in Sacramento and how to confirm the DMV’s receipt of the request.
  • Instruction on how to file your own “Request for Stay of Suspension” to stop the intended suspension of your driving privilege until the outcome of your hearing.
  • Instruction on how to file your own “Request for Discovery” to compel the DMV to provide you with its evidence.
  • We provide a Checklist of things to be done based on our conversation with you.
  • If the collection of evidence or the preparation of witness statements is important, we instruct you on how to perform these tasks.
  • We instruct you how to file all of your evidence in an appropriate manner so the DMV will accept your items.
  • We update you on information concerning your individual DMV Hearing Officer. What type of things do they appreciate?  What type of things tend to irritate them?
  • If there is any follow-up after your Administrative Hearing, we instruct you how to handle those issues.
  • When the case draws to a conclusion, we instruct you how to file a formal “Request to Terminate” Suspension with the DMV.

**In the Silver Solution, we do not represent you at your Administrative Hearing and we do not communicate with the DMV on your behalf.  We do not conduct an intake interview but, we have you completely prepared to handle your matter on your own with confidence**

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