DMV SELF-DEFENSE SOLUTION FOR
DRIVER LICENSE REINSTATEMENT INTERVIEWS
DMV SELF-DEFENSE SOLUTION FOR
DRIVER LICENSE REINSTATEMENT INTERVIEWS

What is a Reinstatement Interview at the DMV?

The California legislature has empowered the California Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) to such a degree that the department is truly one of the few government agencies that can affect people’s lives in a very real manner. The California DMV has been granted the power to issue the California driver’s license to qualified candidates. The department has also been granted the immense power to remove that driving privilege if there seems to be good cause to do so.

The California DMV will suspend or revoke a person’s privilege to drive for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common are: Driving Under the Influence, Zero Tolerance, Negligent Operation, Lack of Skill, Physical or Mental Disorders, Road Rage, Financial Responsibility, Fraudulent Activity, Causing or contributing to a serious injury traffic collision, Causing or contributing to a fatal traffic collision…

In some instances where the DMV has suspended or revoked a driving privilege reinstatement of that privilege simply requires the passage of time and minimal additional effort. In other cases, and especially in cases where the privilege has been revoked, regaining one’s driving privilege may require the person to conduct a much more involved Reinstatement Interview.

The most common cases requiring a Reinstatement Interview are those involving the following:

  • Negligent Operation
  • Road Rage
  • Fraudulent Activity
  • Causing or contributing to a serious injury traffic collision.
  • Causing or contributing to a fatal traffic collision. 

In this type of case, a driver will have had their driving privilege suspended/revoked for periods of time ranging from 1-year to 3-years, or longer.

The purpose of a Reinstatement Interview is to allow the accused person to demonstrate  the issue which cause the original suspension/revocation is no longer in play, that the accused person is remorseful for the events that caused the action, and that they are making changes in their driving behavior to ensure the safety of the motoring public.  It is also an opportunity for the accused person to take ownership of their actions.

Because a license suspension/revocation is already in place, the DMV has no burden of proof. The damage is done and the DMV would be perfectly happy to allow the accused person’s driving privilege to remain withdrawn. The burden of proof rests solely on the shoulders of the accused person.

A Reinstatement Interview is an administrative proceeding run very much like a mini trial. The accused person may present evidence and witnesses to establish their physical and mental fitness to drive. The accused person may also present evidence to establish they possess the skill and the knowledge to drive; and they can demonstrate their remorse for the events of the past along with their commitment to driving more safely in the future.

What are the potential outcomes at a license Reinstatement Interview?

To put it bluntly, there are only three possible outcomes at the end of a Reinstatement Interview: 

  • End Action…… This means the DMV hearing officer makes a finding that you no longer pose a risk to the public and can be trusted to resume driving.   In this case, the suspension/revocation is ended and the person may be reinstated.  Depending upon why the privilege had been suspended or revoked; or if the driver license had expired during the period of suspension/revocation, the driver may be required to renew their license by passing a written test and a driving test.
  • Reinstate on Driving Probation…… This means the DMV hearing officer makes finding that you no longer pose an immediate risk to the public, but that your driving behavior should be monitored for a period of time.  In this case, your driving privilege is fully reinstated, however, you are placed on probation for a period of one-year during which you must not be cited for any moving violations or be involved in any “at fault” traffic collisions.
  • Sustain the Suspension/Revocation….. This means the DMV hearing officer rejects your defense and makes a finding that you still pose a risk to the motoring public or cannot be trusted to return to driving. In this case, the driving privilege remains suspended/revoked and you may not drive.  After a waiting period of 94-days, an accused driver may again apply for a Reinstatement Interview upon receipt of new evidence.

How do I request a Reinstatement Interview?

First of all, the accused driver must serve the suspension/revocation period required by law.  In many instances where the suspension/revocation is an administrative action taken by the DMV itself and one-year is the standard suspension time. In those cases where a driver license has been suspended/revoked as a result of a criminal conviction, the suspension/revocation period may be as long as three-years.

The California Vehicle Code directs that the DMV may review and consider the reinstatement of a suspended or revoked driving privilege upon the request of an individual and upon receipt of evidence supporting a reopening of the case. Essentially this means that once the required suspension/revocation period has been served, the accused person must provide admissible evidence of their physical and mental fitness to drive, skill and knowledge to drive,  acceptance of responsibility for the action that caused the suspension/revocation, and that the person no longer presents a danger to the motoring public.

Requesting a Reinstatement Interview  should be as simple as picking up the phone and setting a date, but its not. The DMV will only consider granting a Reinstatement Interview if certain criteria are met and the request is properly filed.

How can I represent myself at a Reinstatement Interview if I can’t afford an Attorney or Advocate?

If your California driving privilege has been suspended or revoked by the California DMV, that means you were involved in some type of event that brought you to the DMV’s attention and the department decided suspending or revoking your privilege was the best way to teach you a lesson and protect the motoring public.

The California Vehicle Code makes it expressly clear that a person who has suffered the suspension/revocation of their driving privilege may be eligible for a Reinstatement Interview and that person may be represented by any person of their choosing. This means you may be represented by an Attorney or DMV Administrative Advocate. It also means that you have the absolute right to 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.  We help you and direct you to license reinstatement at a minimal cost.

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 restore your driving privilege. 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 Reinstatement Interview. That’s right, we help you help yourself; and at fees far less than 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 Reinstatement Interview is not about fighting the original case.  That ship has sailed.  A Reinstatement Interview is about taking ownership of your actions and demonstrating you can be trusted to return to driving.  Proper self-defense can require in-depth legal research and learning to navigate the DMV’s maze of requirements and protocols, the bottom line is you must convince a DMV hearing officer that returning you to the road is not going to be a tragic mistake.

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 can I win a Reinstatement Interview by Myself?

If you find yourself in the predicament of having to fight the DMV to 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 did the DMV originally suspend/revoke my driving privilege?
  • Have I served the minimum suspension/revocation period required by law?
  • Am I ready to accept responsibility for my actions that resulted in the suspension/revocation?
  • How committed am I to make changes for the future?
  • 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.

Self Defense Solutions

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 Reinstatement Interviews 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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