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How to Win a DMV Fatality Hearing

Can I Win a DMV Fatality Hearing? Without question the most emotional and mentally draining of all the hearings conducted by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) are the Fatality Hearings. If you are preparing to conduct a Fatality Hearing before the DMV, you have already endured the psychological trauma and perhaps physical injury associated with a serious traffic collision. Now the stress is compounded by the DMV working to suspend or revoke your driving privilege because they believe you caused or contributed to the death or serious injury of another person.

We fully understand and empathize with our clients. We know the emotional toll of causing the injury or death of another person. We understand that you are already carrying a heavy burden. We also know that, very often, the DMV misinterprets information in police reports or they misunderstand the statements of witnesses and, as a result, many California drivers are faced with the added burden of losing their driving privilege; even when they were not primarily at fault in the traffic collision.

The good news is a Fatality Hearing can be won. You can have your driving privilege fully reinstated and begin the work of healing emotionally, physically, and financially. Winning a Fatality Hearing requires resilience and attention to detail. Most importantly, however, to win a Fatality Hearing, you must be represented by a DMV Defense Expert who is not only mindful of what you’re going through but can also anticipate and overcome the DMV’s plan of attack.

Remember, the suspension of your driving privilege happens automatically. Defending yourself does not. We have been fighting and winning Fatality Hearings at the DMV for years. Our proven track record of winning Fatality Hearings is proof that our investigation and presentation are a winning combination. Call us now and allow our DMV Defense Team to begin preparing your case.

How to Win a DMV Fatality Hearing!

The Fatality Hearing at the DMV is a formal, legal hearing that is convened before a DMV Hearing Officer at the Driver Safety Office.   The Driver Safety Office is the DMV version of a courthouse and is where all types of Administrative License Hearings are conducted.   The Fatality Hearing is conducted in accordance with the California Administrative Code and requires that evidence and testimony be introduced in a very specific format. It is nearly impossible for the everyday driver to properly prepare and conduct a Fatality Hearing. Attempting such a hearing alone is often disastrous and ends with their driver license being suspended or revoked.

The DMV Defense Experts at California Drivers Advocates have extensive backgrounds in law enforcement, traffic accident reconstruction, science and administrative law. We have been defending drivers at Fatality Hearings for years and have developed a reliable method for winning your hearing.


We use a four-step process to getting you back on the road:

  • Investigation
  • Preparation
  • Presentation
  • Follow Thru


We’re Ready to Win a DMV Fatality Hearing For You.

 The DMV has already alerted you that they intend to suspend or revoke your driving privilege. The most critical decision you will make at this point is how much you cherish your driving privilege and how aggressive you want to be in keeping it.

Telephone the DMV Defense Experts at California Drivers Advocates. We will immediately work to schedule your fatality hearing at the best Driver Safety Office for your case. Then we will begin applying our method of investigating and preparing for your hearing. Each case is different and presents its own challenges. We will immediately begin working to form fit an affirmative defense that best addresses the facts in your case. We’re ready to help you and valuable time is slipping away. Call us now!


It is critical that you be represented by an Administrative Advocate or attorney to insure that the fatality hearing officer correctly reviews all of the evidence.

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