Beat DMV & Keep Driving

California’s DMV suspends about 350,000 driver licenses a year–more than New York, Texas, Illinois and Florida combined! And that doesn’t include the license applications DMV denies or the renewals DMV refuses. Even though DMV is usually required to give you a hearing before any adverse action becomes permanent, these hearings are so unfair that only about 7% of motorists ever beat DMV. We can help.

Law Office of Rodney Gould

When Not Driving Is Not An Option

Our BEAT DMV guides give you proven techniques that can beat DMV at its own game. Our team includes DMV attorneys, forensic toxicologists, insurance experts and retired law enforcement officers, so whether you’re trying to get a license, renew it, or keep it, we can provide you a comprehensive strategy to solve your entire DMV problem.

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Writs & Appeals to Beat DMV

Writs and appeals are the two methods for overturning adverse decisions by state agencies and superior courts. Both are considered “appellate” remedies, but they operate differently, depending on the nature of the adverse decision itself.

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Stay the Suspension

The first step is to get you driving again, usually within a few days after hiring us. It is only fair that you get to drive during the time it takes us to show the judge DMV was wrong!

Win the Writ

Once you’re driving again, we’ll put our full appellate resources behind overturning the suspension permanently. The writ reinstates your driver license and clears your driving record.

DMV Pays Your Costs

If DMV was “arbitrary and capricious,” the state must pay your attorneys’ fees. The threat of having to pay attorneys’ fees often prompts DMV to settle cases before the court date.

Special Certificate Writ in San Francisco

Rodney Gould was awesome!  DMV took away my special certificate as a School Pupil Activities Bus (SPAB) driver without any reason. Mr. Gould proved them wrong and got my certificate back. Thank you Mr. Gould!

Michael M., San Francisco

Very Appreciative

Rodney Gould got us a writ of mandate in San Bernardino when DMV unfairly suspended my son for zero tolerance. In court the judge took our side on every issue! Rodney is a wonderful wonderful man and has been there for our family through one of the most difficult times in my life. My husband and I are very appreciative.

Becky J., San Bernardino

O.C. Attorney Refers All Writs

DMV isn’t fair nor do they follow the law 100% of the time. Sometimes, you need a writ attorney to step in and fight the DMV on appeal. Rodney Gould is the only attorney I will refer possible writ cases to. Every one of my clients Mr. Gould retained for writ has resulted in a reversal of the DMV decision as well as a stay of suspension. I endorse Mr. Gould and look forward to working with him in the future.

Julia Simmons, Esq., Newport Beach

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When Not Driving Is Not An Option – BEAT DMV

California’s DMV suspends about 350,000 driver licenses a year—more than New York, Texas, Illinois and Florida combined! And that does not include the license applications DMV denies or the renewals DMV refuses.

Even though DMV is usually required to give you a hearing before any adverse action becomes permanent, these hearings are so unfair that only about 7% of motorists ever beat DMV. The rules are complex and grossly favor DMV, and when you get to the hearing, you find that the DMV prosecutor is the same person who decides your case.

Our BEAT DMV guides give you proven techniques that can beat DMV at its own game. Our team includes DMV attorneys, forensic toxicologists, insurance experts and retired law enforcement officers, so whether you’re trying to get a license, renew it, or keep it, we can provide you a comprehensive strategy to solve your entire DMV problem.

Even if your license has already been suspended, there is still hope. In most cases, you can ask a superior court judge to issue an order called a writ of mandate to force DMV to give you your license back. You’ll need a lawyer to get a writ, but we can help you there, too.

In many cases, we can even make DMV pay our fees. If you’re suspended now, contact us immediately to get your license back. There are many ways to use this site. Take some time to educate yourself about all things DMV, the issues and the solutions. We suggest you start with How To Use BEAT DMV.

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We pride ourselves on our responsiveness. If we are not able to speak to you immediately, you can expect a return call within hours, not days.
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Our ability to communicate effectively with our clients and their attorneys in preparing their cases maximizes the chance of success.

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Rodney Gould, Esq. can help anyone anywhere in California with DMV issues.
You have nothing to lose and your license to gain!

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DMV & DUI News, Anecdotes, Strategies, Surprises

“ICUHAJI” Battle Returns to DMV

The Iraqi War veteran’s vanity plate “ICUHAJI” has acquired a life of its own in a battle between former Army sniper Sean Bujno and Virginia’s DMV.  At issue is whether the message “I see you, Haji” is derogatory to Arabs and Muslims and in violation of Virginia’s regulations against such messages appearing on vanity plates. Bujno won his first round in court with a judge’s ruling declaring the regulations to … Read... read more

Widow Beats DMV to Get Veteran’s Benefits

A determined Billings, Montana widow got an apology and a check from DMV after it wrongly denied her benefits under a disabled veteran’s law. Evelyn Pierce’s husband Billy–a disabled Korean war veteran–died in 1999 and DMV confiscated his disabled veteran’s license plates. Under Montana law at the time, a surviving spouse was not eligible to retain the plates or to have registration fees waived. Montana changed the law in 2003 … Read... read more

California Driver Loses “NOT SEE” Vanity Plate

“NOT SEE.” Get it? California’s DMV canceled Shawn Calipto’s Nazi-referenced vanity plate, and the San Diego Unified School District laced him on leave from his job as a school bus driver. Apparently the plate itself went unnoticed for some time, but the swastika he displayed above it garnered so much attention that some folks connected the dots and complained.… Read... read more

Iraqi Veteran Denied Anti-muslim plate “ICUHAJI”

Iraqi war veteran Sean Bujno had used the license plate “ICUHAJI” for four years before Virginia’s DMV revoked it in 2011. After first winning the case last year by a circuit judge’s decision, Bujno has had his lawsuit twice dismissed by a state court judge and is now considering filing a federal lawsuit. DMV deemed the plate to violate regulations against letter combinations that are “socially, racially, or ethnically … Read... read more

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... read more

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... read more

Survey says “Privatize the DMV”

SBWire reports today the results of a survey conducted over a four month period by the folks at DMV.com. While all the headlines say people want to privatize the DMV, the actual question posed was “Would you consider having private 3rd parties provide DMV services?” 65% said yes to the question as phrased.… Read... read more