What can be done if you get a letter from the DMV stating that your license is suspended pending a Reexamination ? The DMV sends out priority reexamination notices to suspected dangerous drivers. A priority reexamination is the immediate evaluation of an individual by a DMV Driver Safety hearing officer. This type of reexamination usually does not allow a stay of the suspension meaning a person is suspended pending an outcome at the DMV hearing.
A Request for Priority Reexamination starts with a report from a peace officer who has observed your driving and believes you are an unsafe driver. A police officer will start the priority reexamination process if he/she observes a driver:
• Committing a violation of the vehicle code
• Exhibiting evidence of physical or mental incapacity, and
• Potentially posing a significant traffic safety risk.
The police officer may also issue the person a citation for the driving offense and give you the Priority Reexamination Notice. You may be referred to DMV even if you were not cited for a driving offense.
After the officer issues you the Priority Reexamination Notice, you must contact your local DMV Driver Safety office within five days or your driver license will be suspended. The Driver Safety Office for Torrance, Palos Verdes Estates, Manhattan Beach, Rolling Hills, Rancho PV and Redondo Beach is located in El Segundo at 390 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Instructions are included on the Priority Reexamination Notice. Contacting an experienced DMV Hearing Attorney is crucial so that your rights can be protected. Remember, a DMV employee has no interest in seeing to it that you keep your license, only a lawyer can acy as your advocate and fight the DMV from taking your license forever.
What happens during the reexamination process?
At the reexamination, the DMV hearing officer will ask you many questions. These may include your driving history and specific incidents on your driving record. You may be asked about the “Rules of the Road” and how you would handle specific driving situations. The DMV hearing officer will definitely ask you about your health and medical history. You may also be asked to provide medical information from your physician.
The reexamination process usually starts out with a vision test, a written test, and possibly a driving test. After the reexamination, the DMV Hearing Officer will review the evidence and decide what action, if any, would be the best solution for your situation. If an action is taken against your driving privilege, it could be a restriction, probation, suspension, or revocation. Having an attorney involved in the process from the start will usually reduce the chances of the DMV suspending your license at the reexamination stage. DMV hearing officer will notify you in writing of the decision. If you feel the decision is unjustified, you have the right to challenge it by requesting a hearing. Your notice will explain how to request a formal hearing.