Negligent Driver Defense at the California DMV

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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Rob Collier
Mr. Collier served with distinction as a Law Enforcement Specialist with the United States Air Force and received an honorable discharge. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Security Police Academy and the United States Army Police Investigators School. While stationed at Edwards Air Force Base, Mr. Collier was one of the first Security Police Specialists to provide “close‐in” security for Space Shuttle Missions when that program was new. Mr. Collier is a Distinguished Graduate of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Academy (Class 228) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Weapons and Tactics School (SWAT). He received specialized training in basic accident investigation and determining speed from skids at the San Bernardino Sheriff Academy. For nearly 15 years, Mr. Collier was the Operations Officer for one of the most prominent specialty DUI law firms in the country. Reporting directly to that firm’s owner, Mr. Collier directed the day to day operations of DUI attorneys, investigators, expert witnesses and support staff. He developed the firm’s “white glove” policy of client care that is now the hallmark of our company. He has been involved in the preparation, investigation, and presentation of literally thousands of DMV administrative hearings throughout Southern California. Receiving hands on training from defense attorneys, retired DMV hearing officers, and some of the best scientific experts in the field, Mr. Collier possesses a unique level of experience; making him a true expert in the field of Administrative Advocacy. Mr. Collier is our Chief Advocate and available to represent clients in all categories of DMV hearings in California. If your case is assigned to one of our other professional advocates, Mr. Collier will personally review and supervise each case. He is accessible to each and every one of our clients.