ATTORNEY REPRESENTING VEHICLE FOR HIRE DRIVERS & OWNERS
Sean Riley is an experienced attorney practicing law in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. He represents people who drive for a living and vehicle for hire owners in all major and minor traffic cases including;
Moving and non-moving violations litigated at the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles
Hack violations for Uber, Lyft, limousine or taxicab drivers litigated at the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH)
Taxicab company & hack license suspension & revocation hearings at D.C. Department of For Hire Vehicles and OAH
D.C. issues at least 2 million traffic tickets each year. Too many of them are undeserved. If you drive a taxicab, uber or limousine there is no way you can afford to have points on your record or pay for costly hack infractions. Drivers who incur too many points could lose their license. Points stay on a DC driving record for 2 years.
If you accumulate 8 points the DFHV may withhold or suspend your taxicab or limousine license. If you have 8-9 points on your record the DMV may suspend your license and it will revoke it if you accumulate 12 points.
UNLAWFUL TRAFFIC STOPS. Can hack inspectors or police officers pull your taxi, uber or limousine over for any reason?
No. The 4th Amendment requires police & hack inspectors to have a valid, legal justification to pull you over or stop you. If there is no legal basis for the stop then your ticket may be dismissed. When actually challenged, it may be difficult for DFHV to prove it's case against you. For one thing, 'suspicionless' stops of vehicles for hire are unconstitutional. Contrary to DFHV policy, hack inspectors and police cannot just stop and search your taxicab, limousine, rideshare or Uber vehicle whenever they want to! They must have a valid, legal reason to pull you over or stop you. You don’t lose your rights when you drive a vehicle for hire!
IMPOUND OF VEHICLE FOR HIRE. With the exception of private vehicles for hire (such as Uber or Lyft) if you are not licensed to operate a limousine or sedan in D.C. and are “observed providing intra District transportation” by a hack inspector your vehicle can be booted or towed. For more information. A vehicle for hire also may be impounded if; 1) the driver has two or more unpaid (overdue after a hearing) moving violations or hack tickets, 2) the taximeter is working improperly or 3) the vehicle has failed inspection or exhibited mechanical failure or is otherwise in an unsafe condition. If your vehicle for hire was impounded for some other reason it may have been unlawfully impounded by the government.
TAXICAB COMPANY OWNERS. Has the DFHV suspended your operating authority or shut down your business for arbitrary reasons? There may be something you can do about it. As a business licensee you have due process property and liberty rights and you are entitled to protections from DFHV. In recent years the DFHV has been aggressively closing down local owned taxicab businesses with hundreds of over-regulations. Contact Riley Legal to discuss your situation.
If you have been given a D.C. "Notice of Infraction" or a MD. "Traffic Citation" do not delay. In D.C. a failure to schedule a hearing within 30 days may result in the ticket doubling and a failure to respond to a ticket within 60 calendar days could result in the suspension of your D.C. license or privilege to drive in D.C. In MD., a failure to respond to a payable traffic citation within 30 days may lead to the suspension of your MD. license or privilege to drive in MD. In D.C. and MD. driving on a suspended license is a criminal offense.
If the penalty for the ticket is a substantial fine, could result in points (D.C.) (MD.) on your driving record or lead to the delay, suspension or revocation of your license, then fight your traffic ticket.
Avoid points on your driving record
Beat the ticket and
Keep your record and registration clean!
Contact Attorney Sean Riley for professional, legal representation at the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), the D.C. Department of For Hire Vehicles (DFHV), D.C. Superior Court and Maryland District Court. Sign up online to get started now. Sean Riley is an experienced trial attorney who will fight for your rights!