ATTORNEY REPRESENTING people who drive for a living
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 (DMV)
- Hack violations for Uber, Lyft, limousine or taxicab drivers litigated at the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH)
- Taxicab driver and company license suspension & revocation hearings at D.C. Department of For Hire Vehicles (DFHV) and OAH
- Public complaints at the DFHV
Have you been ticketed or targeted by D.C. police or hack inspectors? D.C. issues at least 2 million traffic tickets to drivers each year. Too many of them are undeserved. There is no way you can afford to lose your driver's license, limousine or hackers license or pay ticket after ticket for these costly infractions.
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.
Protect your license and livelihood. 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.
Contest your NOTICE OF INFRACTION
Avoid points on your driving record
Beat the ticket and
- Keep your record and registration clean!
UNLAWFUL TRAFFIC STOPS. When actually challenged, it may be difficult for the Government 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 for any arbitrary reason! They must have a valid, legal reason to pull you over or stop you. If there is no legal justification for the traffic stop then your tickets can be dismissed.
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.
GET MY CAR BACK. A vehicle for hire can be towed to the DFHV or to a DPW lot. If your vehicle has been impounded by hack inspectors you can reclaim your vehicle at the DFHV by the following business day. 1) First go to 441 Fourth Street NW, Suite 450N and request a hearing on all issued tickets and then 2) go to DFHV (Department of For-Hire Vehicles) at 2235 Shannon Pl., SE, Suite 3001, present your scheduling information and pay a fee to obtain your vehicle. Alternatively, if you want to contest the initial impound you may request an emergency hearing at the OAH. By law you are required to have a hearing within three days of your request. However, you may not obtain your vehicle until the conclusion of the hearing.
For all vehicles (including vehicles for hire) the Department of Public Works (DPW) may tow and impound any vehicle if there are 2 or more unpaid, outstanding (overdue) tickets associated with it. The DPW will not release the vehicle from impoundment until all outstanding fines and penalties are paid or unless the underlying tickets are dismissed by the DMV. You may request a "walk in hearing" to challenge the underlying tickets and penalties at DMV Adjudication services on C Street N.W.
An impounded vehicle must be reclaimed within 28 days after an impoundment notice has been sent to the owner of the vehicle, otherwise the vehicle may be sold or disposed of by the DPW at an auction. Thus, to reclaim the vehicle, a car owner or operator must either pay his tickets and all fines associated with the towing and impound of the vehicle or successfully contest each underlying ticket associated with the impound of the vehicle.
DON'T DELAY. 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.
- Contesting a Ticket in the District of Columbia
- Contesting a Ticket in Maryland
Sean Riley is an experienced trial attorney who will fight for your rights! Call for a free legal consultation.