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10. Police Reports

Keystone CopsThe best Sonoma County DUI lawyers will explain to you that the Sonoma County court and the Santa Rosa DMV process are primarily fueled by the police report. The police report in a DUI case is not the end of the story, but it is certainly the beginning. A careful, detailed examination of Sonoma County police reports by an experienced Santa Rosa DUI attorney can often reveal numerous errors and/or omissions. Click here to see the most commonly used DUI police forms, titled the DS367 Age 21 And Older Officer's Statement (click here for the latest 2016 DS367 Officer's Statement, or here for the Older 2015 version, or here for the Older 2012 version, or here for the Older 2010 version, or here for the Older 2006 version), and the CHP 202 Driving Under The Influence Arrest - Investigation Report (click here for the latest 2017 CHP 202 Report, and here for the Older 2011 version).

Some errors and omissions are not legally significant (typos are human nature, right?), but others can be fatal to the government's case against you, especially at the Santa Rosa DMV where documents usually are the only evidence considered. If an important signature is missing at a critical place on a form, and the Santa Rosa and San Francisco DMV driver safety offices do not catch this error or omission in time to subpoena the responsible party to "fix" it at the local Santa Rosa hearing, then your Sonoma County DUI lawyer may be able to win your DMV case. Even numerous relatively minor errors may allow Santa Rosa DUI attorneys to call into question the reliability, credibility, and observing skill of the officer who made the DUI arrest, what Jake likes to call the "Keystone Kops" defense.

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Dave Jake Schwartz is an Honors Graduate from UC Hastings Law School, and UC Davis, former Federal Judicial Clerk, and Nationally Qualified Sobriety Tests Practitioner. Member of the California Bar for 30 years, Sonoma County resident for over 20 years, handles only DUI cases, including thousands of Sonoma County DUIs and DMV hearings: first/multiple offenders, minors, seniors, tourists, undocumented immigrants, veterans, probation violations, suspended license, public intoxication, open container, minor in possession, child endangerment, collisions, hit and run, evading, resisting arrest.

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