NH – DMV License to Drive
What exactly is the DMV and what do you need to know about it? New Hampshire’s Division of Motor Vehicles is a department or sub-division within New Hampshire’s Department of Safety. The Department of Safety is a semi-autonomous executive agency that is charged with enforcing (and creating) laws and administrative rules dealing with highways, waterways, fire protection, the environment, property, and police training.
The Department of Safety has ten (10) sub-divisions of which the DMV and the State Police are apart. Although we live in the “live free or die” state, the Department of Safety is New Hampshire’s quintessential “big brother” agency that regulates most, if not all aspects of life in New Hampshire such as your right to drive a car, own a car, operate a railroad, drive a commercial vehicle, hunt, fish, camp, buy/sell/smoke a cigarette, or to build a home or business. Yes, this creature’s tentacles reach far and wide.
Nonetheless, if you are reading this page, it is likely that your focus is on the Division of Motor Vehicles. The Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is mainly responsible for issuing and revoking driver’s licenses. If you have been arrested for DUI, Reckless Driving, or some other motor vehicle offense, the DMV will be watching for sure.
Once DMV is notified by the arresting agency of a conviction (or sometimes even an arrest) the DMV will assign a number of demerit points against you. If you reach a specific number of demerit points within a certain amount of time, you will likely receive a notice requesting that you appear before a hearings examiner in Concord. A hearings examiner is like an administrative judge who decides the fate of your license to drive.
When you go to the hearing, the hearings examiner will tell you how many points you have, ask you if you have anything to say for yourself, and then decide how to punish you. He/She may suspend your license for a few days, weeks, months, or even years.
Attorneys Shepherd and Osborne frequently represent people who are ordered to appear at the DMV to answer for their driving records. Mark and Justin understand how the DMV works and what its officers look for when they are dealing with the drivers called before them.
Although a letter from DMV may read like an invitation to “discuss” your driving record, make no mistake that a hearing at the DMV is a serious and official proceeding that is worthy of your closest attention. If you don’t know what you are doing or what you are in for when you go to the DMV, it is very possible that you could leave the building without your driver’s license and without a ride home.
Mark and Justin are happy to speak with you about any questions that you have about the DMV and what a hearing could mean for your license.
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