DUI Lab Error Affects Thousands of DMV Suspensions

More than 2,200 DUI cases are under review by Orange County prosecutors after it was disclosed that the OC crime lab overstated blood alcohol tests, the Los Angeles Times reported today. The “human error” occurred over a five month period, and was discovered by a routine audit on October 10, 2013.

Both the OC D.A.’s office and the crime lab downplayed the effect of the errors, noting that the “calibration … Read More

Gov. Brown appoints new DMV executives

Gov. Brown appoints new DMV executives

Governor Jerry Brown made several appointments to the Department of Motor Vehicles this week, including the permanent appointment of acting director Jean Shimoto as Director. The Governor chose Hugo Lopez to serve as Chief Deputy Director, and Mike McGowan, a 21-year veteran Yolo County supervisor, to helm Strategic Planning and Policy. Finally, attorney David Harris was appointed Chief Counsel though like Ms. Shimoto, already had been serving in that … Read More