I’ve been handling DMV cases for over two decades. The biggest mistake I see people make is not reading the pink form that was given to them by the police officer when he took their license. This is your new temporary license. This is extremely important because it’s a temporary license, and it tells you that you have 10 days from the date of your arrest to request the DMV hearing. If you do not do this within the 10 days, your license will automatically go into suspension for four months. The problem is that most people don’t read this and because they don’t read it they don’t make the request timely, or they call the wrong place, or the call-in and don’t get the name of the person that they’re to talking with to set up their hearing, and then the DMV says they never properly requested a hearing and deny it to them. If you call my office, we will set up your DMV hearing for you at no charge just to make sure that it’s done properly and on time. But, you must contact us before the 10 days is up, and when they say 10 days they mean 10 calendar days not 10 business days so do it immediately by calling me at (510) 346-6666.
The DMV cases are handled geographically in the Bay Area. All Alameda County cases are handled out of the Oakland office. Contra Costa is handled in Contra Costa and sometimes out of the Albany office or the Pittsburgh office, but those two offices are assigned out of the Oakland office. If they are full your case will come out of the Oakland office.
DMV cases for arrests made in San Mateo County are handled out of the San Francisco office. Some of these are handled in San Francisco while others are referred to the Redwood City office.
DMV cases for arrests made in Santa Clara County are all held out of the Santa Clara County office in San Jose. They do have satellite offices as well, such as, the office in Cupertino, Santa Cruz.
The San Francisco DMV office is the largest in Northern California. It handles all San Francisco cases, and goes north through Marin County, Sonoma County. Santa Rosa County, and all the way up to the Oregon border.
Of course, there are other areas such as Sacramento, and Stockton which all have their own offices and satellite offices. We handle all of these cases because we handle all of the nine Bay Area counties.
Again, the most important thing that you can do after having been arrested for DUI as it pertains to your driving privilege, is to contact my office the day you get out of jail and have us request a DMV hearing for you. This way there’ll be a receipt that the request was made just in case they said they never got it and want to take your license we will be able to get that back for you, and there is no charge for us requesting the hearing for you. So call 510 346-6666 and have all of your information ready so that we can handle setting up this DMV hearing for you absolutely free. Remember, you must contact us before the 10 days is up, and the 10 days includes Saturdays and Sundays. It’s calendar days not business days.
Another very important issue that may pertain to you is the type of test you took. If you took a blood test you have a very good chance of winning your case with the DMV. My office is one of only two offices in Northern California that has the new technology that can show multiple errors in blood testing. This puts the burden back on the Department of Motor Vehicles to show those errors didn’t occur when in fact in most cases they have. The Chromatograms, pictures, that we are able to obtain from your toxicologist that came from the original digital data from the lab doing the reporting is where this evidence is obtained. Other DUI offices want to retest the blood, and that is the worst thing you can do because contaminated blood out of two vials will be almost always identical. The key word here was contaminated. This happens before they do the analysis, and the only way to show this is to take the digital data that is recorded during the analysis, open it up, and print a copy of that to show the contamination. Again, I am one of only two offices in Northern California with the software to be able to do this 21st century reporting for blood tests.