The Administrative Process Before A PADOT Hearing Examiner
The appropriate method of obtaining review for a resident or non-resident Pennsylvania license suspension is by applying for an administrative time credit hearing before the Department. The application (usually filed in the form of a petition) is filed with the clerk in charge of docketing such hearings. In the petition, the facts and circumstances of why administrative time credit is laid out in chronological and specific factual detail. The usual reasons consist of such facts as:
- The license (if PADL) was previously surrendered
- An acknowledgement of suspension (DL-16 form) was previously submitted by a non-resident driver or a PA driver that has signed an affidavit indicating that their license has been lost, stolen, or mutilated
The petition must thoroughly set forth those facts that substantiate either of these two scenarios. This process is not to test the validity of the suspension/revocation itself; correct or adjust a driving record; reduce a suspension or revocation time.
The proper process to be followed is:
- Appeal PADOT's denial or recall of an occupational limited license (also known as a "bread and butter" license).
- Appeal PADOT's cancellation, denial, or recall of a probationary license.
- Appeal PADOT's denial of an economic hardship exemption of the ignition interlock requirements, and/or
- Request credit toward serving a driving privilege suspension or relocation.
Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC, can walk you through the administrative process to appeal a license suspension and protect your driving privileges. Call us at 717-827-4074 today.
License Suspension For Out-Of-State Motorists
"I live in another state. What effect does a Pennsylvania license suspension have on me?"
The fact that a driver is not a resident of Pennsylvania is of no consequence in determining whether that driver can be suspended from driving in Pennsylvania, because the privileges of driving a motor vehicle on the highways of the Commonwealth which are given to a nonresident are subject to suspension or revocation in a like manner, and for like cause, as a resident's operating privileges. Thus, a nonresident motorist can properly be convicted for driving while under a suspension, even though the motorist has a valid sister state license, where the motorist's Pennsylvania driving privileges have been suspended.
The consequences of a Pennsylvania license suspension are also carried over to your home state under the Driver's Licensing Compact. (See our article Driver's License Compact- Reciprocity With Other States). Your home state will not renew your license if you live in a state that participates. Currently, there are 40 states and the District of Columbia that participate. This means that you will have to either wait out the suspension period, apply for restoration in Pennsylvania and then with your home state (once Pennsylvania restores your operating privilege); or you may apply for administrative time credit for one of the reasons highlighted above in this article.
How Can A Lawyer Help With License Suspension Or Revocation?
There is no requirement that you have counsel to apply for time credit or present at the hearing before PADOT. However, it is important to present your case in an intelligent, thoughtful and compelling manner, noting the specific legal provisions that reinforce your position.
At Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC, we have done many of these hearings and been successful. Call us at 717-827-4074 or contact us online to schedule your appointment or telephone consult.