Nationwide, nearly four in ten drivers' licenses suspensions are for
reasons totally unrelated to roadway safety.
Failing to pay child support, failure to pay parking tickets, failure to
obey a summons, and juvenile delinquency are some of the more common social
engineering programs related to drivers' license suspension. An estimated
40 percent of these drivers lose their jobs because they can no longer
get to work. There is
evidence that the effect is particularly harsh for rural residents and, in urban
areas, black and Hispanic young men.
Some states, including California, do allow motorists to obtain an occupational
or restricted drivers' license in some circumstances.
In The Golden State, the
points suspensions pass through the Negligent Operator Treatment System (NOTS) process. If
you accumulate four points in 12 months, six points in 24 months or eight
points in 36 months, the state will try and suspend your drivers' license.
An attorney practicing in Lamont and Shafter can present several effective
defenses at these hearings. One is to show that the motorist is in trouble
because of one or two isolated incidents, as opposed to a pattern of violations.
The hearing officer also may consider a driver's remorse, and that
doesn't mean "I'm sorry I got caught." Hardship and
other mitigating factors may also play a role.
The hearing officer, who is not a judge and may not even be a lawyer, will
probably issue one of three rulings:
The officer may also decide to stay the proceedings for a couple of weeks,
to either consider the matter further or resume the hearing later.