Administrative Hearings

When a government agency takes action against you by denying a license, benefit, or privilege, you have the right to protest the governmental action.  Here’s how the DMV puts it:

Administrative Hearings conducted by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) provide a fair resolution of matters in a professional, efficient way, and ensure due process is afforded to all drivers. This information is a general guide for those entitled to request a Driver Safety (DS) administrative hearing. It is intended to assist you with understanding the hearing process and preparing for your hearing. If you have received notification that a proposed action is being taken against your driving privilege, you must request a hearing within 10 days of receiving personal service or 14 days from the date the notice is mailed. If you do not make a timely request, your right to a hearing will be lost.

The purpose of a hearing is to provide you with an opportunity to be heard and to present relevant evidence or testimony on your behalf regarding an action taken or the intent to take action against your benefit, license, or privilege.

What Are My Hearing Rights?

You have the right to:

  • Be represented by an attorney or other representative, at your own expense.
  • Review the evidence and cross examine the testimony of any witness for the government.
  • Present evidence and relevant witnesses on your own behalf.
  • Testify on your own behalf.

I represent clients in Administrative Hearings regarding unemployment claims, In-Home-Support-Services reductions or denials, Department of Motor Vehicles licensing denials, and many other governmental actions.  Your right to a hearing is perishable:  you must comply with deadlines to request the hearing.  Call me today at 707-451-4502 to discuss your case