You might be worried if charged with a motor vehicle violation. Among other penalties, many motor vehicle violations carry a license suspension. Chances are, you cannot afford to lose your license. How will you be able to get to work, school, and your other obligations? If driving is part of your job, how can you continue to make a living? Before you panic, remember that you can fight the suspension. You can do this at a restoration of license hearing. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) holds the restoration of license hearing. If you present your case properly, you might be able to save your license during this hearing. You can learn more in this article.
Dealing With The DMV
In most cases, when charged with a motor vehicle violation, you have to deal with two entities. You will have to deal with the court and the DMV. You might deal with the criminal court for issues such as DUI and serious motor vehicle violations. This means that you will also deal with criminal penalties. The court will determine if you are innocent or guilty of the infraction you’re charged with. If found guilty, you face penalties such as fines, jail time, and more. Keep in mind that the DMV is in charge of your license. This means that the DMV can impose an extra suspension of your license or revoke it.
If the DMV wants to suspend your license because of a motor vehicle violation, you will be contacted. The DMV will contact you by mail with a date for your restoration of license hearing. Some people don’t bother to go to this hearing. They think that it is hard to present evidence that will convince the DMV not to suspend your license. But, remember that you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by attending this hearing. You should consider attending and fighting for your license!
Restoration Of License Hearing
The restoration of license hearing is an administrative meeting focused on your driving privileges. The DMV is not concerned with the outcome of a criminal case that is proceeding against you. For example, if convicted of a DUI, the DMV will not definitely suspend your license. Criminal proceedings and DMV proceedings are independent of one another. But, a “not guilty” verdict does not mean that your license will not be suspended. The DMV makes its own decision about your license suspension.
Connecticut’s DMV takes a lot of information into account when deciding to suspend your license or not. The DMV will consider your arrest, the speed you were traveling, your driver’s history, and more. If you would like to attend your restoration of license hearing and need help building a strong case, check out my next article for tips.