What is a Negligent Driver at the DMV? Any person who operates a motor vehicle within the State of California is subject to the “watchful eye” of the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The California DMV is an enormously powerful government agency with the power to suspend or revoke any person’s privilege to drive within the state if they believe there is good cause to do so. If the DMV determines that a person is a Negligent Driver, the department will move swiftly to impose a suspension or revocation of that person’s driving privilege as a means of keeping the public safe. The DMV actually uses the term Negligent Operator when labeling a person they believe has demonstrated poor driving habits.
The DMV will most often seek to label a person as a Negligent Operator for any of the following reasons:
- An accused driver has accumulated too many “points” for moving violations within a specified period of time;
- An accused driver has been involved in too many “at fault” traffic collisions within a specified period of time;
- An accused driver has caused or contributed to a “serious injury” traffic collision;
- An accused driver has caused or contributed to a “fatal” traffic collision;
- An accused driver has been referred to the DMV by law enforcement because of poor or dangerous driving habits.
Being labeled a Negligent Driver or Negligent Operator is not fatal but, it does hold the potential for unpleasant consequences. If the DMV concludes that you are a Negligent Operator, your driver license may be suspended or revoked. This can have a profound impact on your ability to work or provide for your family. A license suspension can also result in the requirement that you file an SR-22 Insurance Form which can cause your insurance costs to skyrocket.
How do I protect myself?
If the DMV has decided to identify you as a Negligent Driver or Negligent Operator, you should understand that the department fully intends to suspend or revoke your privilege to drive. They fully intend to take you off the road. Fortunately, the DMV is not permitted to take such an action without first notifying you of their intention and providing you the opportunity to defend yourself.
To protect yourself requires that contact be made with Driver Safety Office (DSO) nearest to your home to schedule a Negligent Operator Hearing. This contact must be made within a very short period of time; normally 10 to 14 days. If you fail to make the appropriate contact with your local DSO, the DMV will automatically suspend or revoke your license and you will forfeit your right to a hearing.
If you have received notification that the DMV intends to suspend or revoke your driver license for being a Negligent Operator, you should immediately call the DMV Defense Experts at California Drivers Advocates (CDA). We are a team of highly experienced Administrative Law Specialists who have been fighting and winning Negligent Driver or Negligent Operator hearings with the DMV for years. Our proven system of investigation, preparation and presentation cause us to win these hearings on a regular basis. Don’t let the DMV steal your driver license without a fight. Call CDA now!
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