California DMV Audit Ordered for Long Wait Times

California DMV Audit Ordered for Long Wait Times

A California DMV audit has been ordered by the governor for the ridiculous wait times reported by motorists at numerous DMV field offices across the state.

Based on a law practice that deals with DMV offices across California every day, we could add our own observations that we hope the audit addresses. First, the Mandatory Actions Unit frequently does not even answer its phone, dumping callers after navigating the long … Read More

DUI Bicycle Arrest Highlights Risk of Riding After Drinking

DUI Bicycle Arrest Highlights Risk of Riding After Drinking

A DUI bicycle arrest this week in Pennsylvania highlights the risk of riding a bicycle after consuming alcohol. Herman Ray Milke was arrested yesterday on charges stemming from a July 13 incident where he crashed his bicycle. Police waited for the results of his blood alcohol test before arresting him.

State DUI laws usually prohibit riding a bicycle while intoxicated, either by including bicycles in the definition of “vehicle” for … Read More

Motorist Sues for Interpreter on Written Test

Motorist Sues for Interpreter on Written Test

An Italian immigrant is suing the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles for refusing to translate the written driver’s license exam or allow for an interpreter. Federal law requires any agency receiving federal funds to accommodate folks with limited English proficiency.

Apparently Rhode Island’s DMV will only allow the motorist to take the exam in English, Spanish or Portuguese.… Read More

Bail for Traffic Trials Illegal: Chief Justice

Bail for Traffic Trials Illegal: Chief Justice

Demanding bail for traffic trials happens all across California.

Let’s say you get a ticket for running a stop sign, but you know you didn’t to it. You go to court and ask the clerk or judge for a trial so you can put the officer to their proof. In most California courts, you will be asked to post “bail” before they will give you your day in court.

Though … Read More

DMV Hearing Officer Guilty of Taking Bribes

DMV Hearing Officer Guilty of Taking Bribes

A DMV hearing officer guilty of accepting $5,000 in bribes was sentenced yesterday to three months in federal prison.  Alva Benavidez, 51, a Mission Valley branch DMV hearing officer guilty by plea in February in a San Diego federal court of one count of conspiracy to accept bribes, will serve six months of house arrest after her custody time.

Benavidez was a hearing officer whose responsibilities included determining whether motorists … Read More