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DMV Victory at a Lapse of Consciousness Hearing at San Francisco DSO

Case History: California Drivers Advocates was hired to defend a client whose driver license had been  suspended by the California Department of Motor Vehicles for a Lapse of Consciousness.
Our 16 year old client had only possessed his California Driver License for a few months when he experienced what he called a “loss of time” event while driving.  Our client’s mother was in the car at the time and was alerted to a problem when she called out his name several times but he did not respond to her.  Our client reported that he never lost consciousness, never lost control of his arms or legs, and continued to drive safely.  He would later say that he “just felt like he had nothing to say.”

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Case History: California Drivers Advocates was hired to defend a client whose driver license had been  suspended by the California Department of Motor Vehicles for a Lapse of Consciousness.

Our 16 year old client had only possessed his California Driver License for a few months when he experienced what he called a “loss of time” event while driving.  Our client’s mother was in the car at the time and was alerted to a problem when she called out his name several times but he did not respond to her.  Our client reported that he never lost consciousness, never lost control of his arms or legs, and continued to drive safely.  He would later say that he “just felt like he had nothing to say.”

Our client’s mother was concerned so she immediately took him to see a neurologist.  Although the neurologist did not find any evidence of a seizure or a lapse of consciousness, she still felt compelled to report the incident to the DMV.  The DMV ordered our client into a “Re-Examination Appointment” at the Driver Safety Office.  Not knowing what to expect, our client appeared without preparation and spoke with the assigned Hearing Officer.   Well, things didn’t go well and a few days later, he received a notice in the mail that the DMV had suspended his driving privilege.

The “Order of Suspension or Revocation” advised him that he had a right to a hearing, and that was when he telephoned California Drivers Advocates.

 DMV’s Position: The California DMV’s position was crystal clear. Because the information provided by the treating physician was that our client experienced some type of undetermined event, the DMV felt that our client posed an immediate hazard to the public and he was taken off the road.   The “Order of Suspension or Revocation” was for an indeterminate period of time, which essentially meant his driver license could be suspended forever, or until he addressed the issue.

Our Defense: When our client retained us, we immediately went to work to schedule his “Lapse of Consciousness” hearing with the appropriate Driver Safety Office in San Francisco.

Our defense began with a detailed interview of the client to determine his medical history and the details of what had occurred.  We then embarked on a structured and focused path to collect affirmative medical evidence from a number of different doctors.  It was important to provide a comprehensive medical review because no one was sure that had occurred.  Surprisingly, some of the physicians didn’t understand the intracacies of preparing DMV medical reports so we guided them in the proper presentation of their medical opinions.

The Outcome: After weeks of preparation, we were ready to present our case.  The hearing officer accepted all of our affirmative evidence without objection and considered the testimony of our client.  Because we had worked so hard to prepare him, he testified concisely and with confidence.  Because he was under the age of 18, our client’s mother was permitted to sit in, which was valuable as she had actually witnessed the event and she was permitted to testify.   When it came time for the hearing officer to cross-examine our client, she asked probative questions, but our client was prepared and remained credible.

Ten days later, we received the Hearing Officer’s decision in the mail.  She had fully reinstated our client’s driving privilege without any restriction and without any need for medical probation.  The case was complete a win and our young client is enjoying his driving freedom.

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Call CDA Today.  Let us prepare you to win your hearing. The DMV Defense Experts at California Drivers Advocates include former police officers, DMV Hearing Officers, Investigators and Scientists.  Our training, our experience and our reputation provide any driver the best opportunity to win their Administrative Hearing in any of the Driver Safety Offices in California.

Whether you’re 16 years old or 76 years old, the DMV will suspend your driving privilege in an instant if they suspect you have suffered a Lapse of Consciousness.  If you receive notification that the DMV is suspending your driver license for any type of physical or mental condition, don’t despair.  These hearings can be won if you are represented by the right people.

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