San Fernando Valley DMV Hearing Attorney

I have been battling it out with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for the past twenty five years. As a DUI defense attorney in the San Fernando Valley, when I meet with clients I am always honest and straight forward when it comes to the DUI DMV Administrative Hearings. These are separate from any criminal court proceedings.

In my opinion, they are somewhat of a “Kangaroo Court” and it is very difficult to get them to set aside a suspension unless you have a good angle. Those attorneys who come up with a bunch of defenses in the initial meeting when they meet or talk to the potential client are not fooling anyone.

A defense is only as good as the facts that support it! Come in and get the straight scoop on your case so you walk away with a real understanding of what you are up against, what you can expect out of your case and what we can do to help you. Discuss your case with a DMV hearing lawyer in Encino, CA at our office to come up with a defense strategy for your case.

The problem with how the system is set up, in my opinion, relates to the fact that the DMV hearing officer is playing conflicting roles as it relates to the hearing itself. They must put on the evidence, like a prosecutor in a criminal case, and rule on objections (to their own evidence) and decide the final outcome of the hearing like the judge in a criminal case.

This leaves a glaring conflict of interest, which cannot be resolved unless some neutral entity were to take over making the final decisions related to DMV hearings such as a  DMV hearing attorney. Combine this with the fact that the hearing officer is not an attorney, typically does not understand the rules of evidence and lets in all kinds of hearsay evidence, and you have a real mess on your hands.

In my view, the only way to beat them is to find a glaring problem with their case and make sure you flush it out and argue it in such a way that they cannot get out of it! They do not like to lose cases and will stop at nothing to prove their case.

They are far from neutral and only the most savvy San Fernando Valley DUI attorney can effectively challenge and beat them. Our highly experienced DMV hearing attorney in Van Nuys, CA can help you in that matter.


As I write this post, I have just finished a DMV hearing and it looks like we have a good chance of getting a set aside. In this particular case, the main witness who allegedly saw my client driving could not remember the time of the driving or give a description of what my client was wearing on the night in question.

This is an example of a scenario where there is an angle to win the DMV hearing. Without the time of driving, the question becomes, “how does the DMV prove what my client’s blood alcohol level was at the time of driving, if they do not know the time of driving?”

If the defendant goes ahead and contacts a DMV hearing attorney in the San Fernando Valley, the attorney will make sure he has all the evidence to prove your innocence.

As you can see from the above example, this is not some DUI trick that the defense has come up with to save the day. This is a legitimate common sense problem. Even if my clients’ blood alcohol level is over the legal limit when they test him, the only thing that really matters is what it was at the time of driving.

Without being able to pinpoint the time of driving this creates a huge problem for the DMV.

Other issues related to problems that the DMV cannot overcome relate to, issues with the breath machine, time lapses between the person driving and them testing, contamination of the person’s blood, not properly advising the person of their choice between blood or breath tests, illegal stops and a whole host of other issues that apply on a case by case basis.

Only an experienced San Fernando Valley DMV hearing attorney will be able to understand all these aspects of your case and be able to use them in the right manner to defend your case.


In order to suspend someone’s driver’s license related to a DUI, the DMV must show that the person was lawfully stopped, lawfully arrested and was driving a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol result of a .08 or greater.

This sounds easy, but there are all sorts of issues that can crop up along the way. In the unfortunate event that the officer has evidence to prove all this, the case against you will be stronger.

This means your chances of getting away with a clean slate will be next to impossible without an experienced DMV hearing attorney by your side. Other issues can also crop up along the way.

For example, what if the police do not actually see the person driving and come along after an accident. In this scenario, they are going to need to obtain evidence that the person they want to arrest was actually driving the subject car.

Another issue they will have to deal with is pinpointing when the person was driving. This is not always easy, but it is important because having a blood alcohol reading means nothing, unless they can figure out when the person was driving for purposes of using an expert to extrapolate backwards to figure out the person’s BAC at the time of driving.

Contact the Hedding Law Firm to review your case. We handle DUI cases in all the San Fernando Valley Courthouses.