With the possible exception of “Dear U.S. Taxpayer,” these
may be the worst three words to see at the beginning of a letter, if you
live in Delano or Ridgecrest.
If you need more evidence, just ask 75-year-old man in Thousand Oaks who
was in two non-injury accidents earlier this year and then ran a red light.
Because he had picked up three points in less than a year, he got a warning
letter which stated that he was “among California’s worst
drivers, one of those who cause the most
crashes, injuries and deaths.” After listing some of the bad things that happen without a drivers’
license, the DMV urged the recipient to take corrective action “while
you still have an unrestricted driving privilege” so as to “not
get that next negligent-operator point on your driving record.”
The DMV said it would review the language in the warning letter.
Drivers’ License Suspension
After four points in twelve months, six in twenty-four months, or eight
in thirty-six months, the state initiates
NOTS (Negligent Operator Treatment System) license suspension; the suspension
period is normally at least six months. The good news for commercial drivers
is that they may get an extra two points before NOTS suspension; the bad
news is that these drivers accumulate points at a 50 percent greater rate.
Additionally, minors under 18 face a 30-day restriction after two points
in twelve months and a suspension after three points in twelve months.
Common defenses at a NOTS hearing include the length of time between the
points and any changed circumstances.
Medical license suspension actions are common as well. The DMV requires hospitals and doctors to
report epilepsy, heart conditions, and other illnesses that may cause
loss of consciousness, at least in many cases, and the DMV often tries
to suspend licenses on this basis.
The best defense in these proceedings is often a before-and-after defense.
For example, drivers may have epileptic seizures because they are not
on their medication, had not been properly diagnosed, or were not on the
correct medicine at the correct dosage.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive lawyers at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to giving
individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets. Call
today at 661-859-1177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the
personal professional attention you deserve. En español, llame
At Bigger & Harman, we fight medical and NOTS license suspension actions
in Ridgecrest and Delano. Call us today, and we’ll go to battle for you.