What Happens at a Reexamination Hearing?: If you are scheduled for a Reexamination Hearing, you MUST appear “in-person” at a regional office for the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), known as the Driver Safety Office. The Driver Safety Office is the DMV version of a court house and is where DMV Hearing Officers sit in judgment of drivers. In the world of the DMV, a Hearing Officer enjoys the same power as a Superior Court Judge. They hold the absolute power to reinstate your driving privilege or to immediately take you off the road.
There are two potential phases to the Reexamination Hearing:
1.) The Interview Stage—essentially the interview stage occurs in the Hearing Officer’s office and is tape recorded. The interview gives the DMV the “first crack” at trying to get to the bottom of why you may not be safe to drive. Many drivers appear at these interviews cold and completely unprepared. They have no idea what to expect and are often taken off-guard by probative and often callous interrogation by the Hearing Officer. Many times, The Interview Stage results in the suspension of the driver license.
2.) The Hearing Stage—following the interview, if the DMV Hearing Officer has decided to suspend or revoke your driver license, you then have 14 days to schedule an actual hearing. This Hearing Stage is an opportunity for the driver to reverse the decision made at the Interview Stage.
Depending upon the issues raised at the Reexamination hearing, the result can be a full reinstatement of your driving privilege. If the Hearing Officer does not fully reinstate you, there is the possibility of a medical probation, a driving restriction, a suspension, or the full and permanent revocation of your driving privilege. This is nothing to be taken lightly.
Most importantly we will proactively investigate the allegation against you and prepare to present “affirmative evidence” that disproves the allegation against you. Our goal is to shut down this process as quickly as possible and we’ll be with you every step of the way. Hearing Officers are often surprised and taken aback when we walk in with a driver, completely ready to answer every question they pose and eager to introduce evidence that proves our point.
Understanding the DMV Reexamination process is critical. You can WIN a DMV hearing if you are properly guided, prepared, and assisted by a DMV Defense Expert. To prevail at a DMV Reexamination Hearing requires much, much, more than having a casual chat with the Hearing Officer.
How Can I Win a Reexamination Hearing?: A Reexamination Hearing is a formal legal proceeding that occurs face-to-face with a DMV Hearing Officer. The reason you are in front of the Hearing Officer is because they have some information that suggests you are not safe to drive. The issues can be related to Physical or Mental problems, a Lack of Skill or a variety of other things that cause the DMV concern.
Winning a Reexamination Hearing comes down to one thing………… Preparation – Preparation – Preparation. Our DMV Defense Experts know exactly what the DMV Hearing Officer will be looking for and we know how to counter their move. We will prepare you in the event the Hearing Officer:
- Orders a written test.
- Orders a vision test.
- Orders a “behind-the-wheel test.