Riverside DMV / Administrative Lawyer
The Department of Motor Vehicles issues driver’s licenses and has the authority to automatically suspend a license under certain circumstances. You need to understand your rights if you are facing DMV action. Contact a Riverside DMV lawyer at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP can represent you when your license is at risk.
Riverside DMV Administrative Actions
The Department of Motor Vehicle can suspend your driver’s license even with no criminal trial. There are different circumstances that can trigger the DMV to take action against you. For example, if you refuse to take a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test, or if you take the test and are above the legal limit, the DMV can suspend or revoke your license. Depending upon the circumstances and whether you have any past convictions, you could be prevented from driving for as long as three years.
In this situation and in other circumstances where the DMV takes action, the administrative proceedings are entirely separate from any criminal trials. Administrative law cases don’t go before a judge or take place in court and there is a different procedure to protecting your rights. A Riverside DMV administrative lawyer at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP understands how DMV proceedings work and can help you.
Why You Need a Riverside DMV Administrative Lawyer
When the DMV moves to suspend your license, this action can occur automatically. In other words, if you do nothing, the DMV is going to take away your right to drive.
You are entitled to due process before losing your license, but you must request an administrative hearing. When the hearing is granted, it is up to you to make compelling arguments about why you should keep your license. You need to know when and how to request the hearing and what types of arguments you can make to persuade an administrative law judge or other agency representative that you should not lose your right to drive.
At Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP, we know the rules for handling administrative cases and we have successfully helped many clients to address issues with the DMV in the past. We also provide representation to clients facing other administrative law issues, including problems with state licensing boards for professional occupations.
What are Administrative Hearings?
The state and federal government have created administrative agencies to carry out many governing and regulatory tasks. These agencies make rules; enforce regulations; and take actions against people and companies. Administrative agencies in Riverside include:
- The Department of Motor Vehicles (the DMV)
- The California State Bar
- The California Bureau of Consumer Affairs
- Licensing boards for healthcare professionals, accountants, and attorneys
- The Department of Insurance
- Alcohol and Beverage Control
You could be required to attend an administrative hearing in many situations, such as if you are accused of violating your professional obligations or if you refuse to take a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test with reasonable cause.
The outcome of these hearings can have a significant impact on your life. You could lose the ability to do your job, run your business, or drive your vehicle.
How a Riverside Administrative Hearings Lawyer Can Help You
In some cases, such as when your license may be taken due to a BAC test over the limit, you must request an administrative hearing. If you don’t request a hearing, action against you can be taken automatically and you can be deprived of your rights, including your right to drive for as long as three years depending upon your past convictions.
You must understand the power administrative agencies have, as well as your obligations for responding to administrative action. A riverside administrative hearings lawyer can help you to understand the rules and regulations that apply to you and can assist you in taking the steps necessary to protect yourself.
Contact Us Today
Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP can help you to understand and respond to administrative actions. Your attorney will be there every step of the way as you deal with the agency whose decisions will affect your future. Give us a call to schedule a consultation and learn more.