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San Francisco Is California’s Driver Safety Offices’ Headquarters


The San Francisco Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) houses the headquarters of California’s Driver Safety Offices. The Driver Safety Offices are in charge of conducting and processing administration hearings in relation to license suspensions or revocations. Even though the headquarters are located in San Francisco, Driver Safety Offices can be found throughout the state. If someone gets arrested for a DUI, they can arrange an administrative hearing with a DMV Driver Safety Office to avoid the suspension of their driver’s license. The Driver Safety Offices possess the ability to revoke, suspend, or deny a person’s driver’s license if there is cause to do so.

After an arrest for DUI, it is advised to get in touch with a DUI attorney who can help schedule an administrative hearing with the DMV Driver Safety Office that applies to the case. An administrative hearing must be scheduled within 10 days from the date of the arrest. If an administrative hearing is not scheduled within the 10 days, the driver loses the ability to contest the suspension of their driver’s license.

When an arrest is made in San Francisco, the arresting officer will normally take away the driver’s license and hand over a temporary license that is valid for thirty days. Again, a driver only has 10 days to request an administrative hearing with the DMV from the date of the arrest to contest the suspension of their license. If they do not, they will lose their driving privileges once the 30 days from the temporary license have elapsed.

Although the DMV is often difficult to deal with, it is possible to get a restricted license that allows a person to drive to and from work and school. In some instances, a driver’s license suspension can be avoided entirely. Therefore, it is highly recommended to consult with a DUI attorney about the options or solutions available.

San Francisco Is A Huge City

San Francisco is the fourth most populous city in California. The city’s population consists of over 880,000 residents. It is no wonder that the San Francisco Police Department and California Highway Patrol (CHP) in the area are kept busy. When it comes to DUIs, the local police officers and CHP officers are typically uncompromising. If someone is suspected of driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, it will most certainly lead to an arrest.

Arrests for DUIs in San Francisco usually occur at night, during the weekends, and on holidays. A person is more susceptible of getting pulled over after a night out or having dinner at a restaurant. If an arrest is made, the police officers who made the stop will take the driver to the San Francisco County jail. At the county jail, the driver will be asked to give a breath test or chemical test to determine their blood alcohol content (BAC). Anything over a .08% BAC reading will warrant a DUI.

Once a person has been charged with a DUI, they will be given a court date. If the driver hires an attorney, the attorney can attend the court date on behalf of their client.

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My name is Aaron Bortel. I practice in the state of California. I handle DUI cases exclusively and have been practicing for over 25 years.

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