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License To Drive

After years of driving with a learner’s permit, New York native and pop singer Lady Gaga finally obtained a drivers’ license to better get around places like Fresno and Mojave.

The 30-year-old kissed the parking lot at the DMV after passing her road test. She explained that a drivers’ license isn’t really necessary in Manhattan, but since she and fiancé Taylor Kinney own property in California and Pennsylvania as well as New York, the not-driving thing was becoming more and more of a stumbling block.

In 2011, Lady Gaga (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) told Elvis Duran on his Z100 radio show that someone gave her a car as a gift, but she could not drive it.

Drivers’ License Suspension Hearings

New drivers in California, whether or not they are world-famous celebrities, may be unfamiliar with Negligent Operator Treatment System (NOTS) points-based suspensions. In-state and out-of-state tickets both count towards the suspension count, which is:

  • Four points in any 12-month period,
  • Six points in 24 months, or
  • Eight points in 36 months.

Under VC 12810.5, the points alone create a presumption that the driver is a negligent operator. In most cases, a NOTS suspension is six months of no driving followed by six months of probationary driving.

Subsection (a) states that the hearing officer (who is not a judge and probably not a lawyer) “shall give due consideration to the amount of use or mileage traveled in the operation of a motor vehicle” before deciding the matter. These items are two of the best defenses in NOTS hearings, because there is a big difference between driving 25,000 miles in a year and driving 15,000 miles in a year.

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 attorney@markbigger.com to receive the personal professional attention you deserve. En español, llame al 661-376-0214.