Critical need hearing: Get your License Back
If you are under 21 years of age and lost your license because of suspension, you can get your license back. A 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) allows you 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 has 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 a critical need license is not automatically granted. The Department of Motor Vehicles will give stronger consideration to the critical need applicant when an 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 of getting a critical need driver’s license application approved. Los Angeles DUI Attorney will prepare an 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 the chances of approval after a suspension of the driver’s license. It is your responsibility to provide the DMV with all the relevant evidence.
EXAMPLES TO QUALIFY FOR A CRITICAL NEED LICENSE
Example: You have a job that starts early in the morning. Because public transportation is not available (or is very inconvenient), it is impossible for you to keep your job using 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 the DMV that the only way for you to keep your job is to receive a Critical Need License.
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 for 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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