Critical need hearing
A minor who suffer a 1 year suspension under California Vehicle Code section 13353.2 or 13388 (for example after a conviction for CVC 23140 or 23136 or a DMV determination that a minor had .05% or .01% blood alcohol level in his blood) will have an opportunity to apply for a critical need hearing also known as a critical need driver’s license.
THE LAW FOR CRITICAL NEED LICENSE
A critical need driver’s license (CRITICAL NEED HEARING) application is filed on a DMV form DS 694. The form is filed with the Department of Motor Vehicle and is mailed to Sacramento. A fee of $100.00 needs to be submitted with the critical need driver’s license application and an SR-22 insurance form have to be submitted to the DMV for 3 years from the date of the suspension. Our Los Angeles DUI Attorney will help you with a critical driver’s license application and will guide you through the process. An application for critical need license is not automatically granted. The Department of Motor Vehicles will give stronger consideration to the critical need applicant when such applicant has specific critical needs for a driver’s license and when other transportation methods are inadequate. For example, an applicant who has a job that is located in a hard to reach place will have a much better chance to getting critical need driver’s license application approved. We will prepare application for a critical need license and submit it to the DMV. It is important to submit as much supportive documents as possible to maximize chances of approval after a suspension of the driver’s license. It is your responsibility to provide to the DMV all the relevant evidence.
EXAMPLE TO QUALIFY FOR CRITICAL NEED LICENSE
Example, You have a job that starts early in the morning. Because the public transportation is not available (or is very inconvenient), it is impossible for you to keep your job using the public transportation. In a situation like that, your critical need hearing application should include bus schedule, proof of your residence address, your job schedule and other relevant information to show to the DMV that the only way for you to keep your job is to receive critical need license.
Couple points to remember: First, a critical need hearing application can be only approved once in a lifetime. In other words, a repeat offender can not get approval of the critical need driver’s license application pursuant to California Vehicle Code section 13358.8. Second, refusals or failure to complete a chemical test will deem one ineligible for a critical need application.
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