The Commerce DMV DSO Office is located at the corner of Slauson and Eastern in Commerce, CA. (See map below)
For DUI cases, an APS hearing is conducted to determine whether the driver’s license should be suspended. Other cases at Commerce DSO involve DMV License suspension for Physical and mental issues with a driver (known colloquially as a “P and M” suspension) in the area surrounding Commerce, CA, cases are sent to the Commerce Driver Safety Office.
Your Right to a Lawyer:
DMV hearings, whether they be APS hearings for DUI cases or P and M hearings to suspend a driver’s license based on physical or mental issues are serious. They are not “interviews” or informal chit-chats. They are legal type proceedings and therefore you can have a lawyer help you and in many cases even attend the hearing on your behalf so you don’t have to deal with the hearing.
How does the DMV chose which DSO to send a case to?
The DMV will send a case to a Driver Safety Office that is closer to the witnesses or law enforcement agency involved in a case. In DUI cases, the location for the APS hearing is determined by where the officer works. For P and M hearings, the location for the hearing depends on where the driver resides and where any witnesses reside. A determination will be made to chose the location closest and most accessible to the most witnesses.
What issues are determined at the Commerce DMV Office?
Depending on the case before the Hearing Officer, issues related to the arrest and chemical test given to the driver are analyzed by DMV employees at the various DSO’s. These employees are called “Hearing Officers” and have extraordinary power over an individual’s driver’s license. DMV Hearing Officers act as Judge, Jury, Expert Witness, Prosecutor and Executioner in DMV cases. The Hearing Officer will present the DMV’s case (typically consisting of sworn police reports and statements, witness statements and laboratory reports such as blood results or breath testing results) in the capacity of “prosecutor” at the same time weighing the evidence as a judge. The Hearing Officer will also listen to any counter argument put forth by the Respondent or their attorney, and they will rule on evidentiary challenges such as objections based on “hearsay” or other common legal objections to questionable evidence.
Issues presented in DUI Cases:
For a common DUI case, there are three issues that must be proven by a preponderence of the evidence:
-The Driver was driving the car
-There was a lawful arrest
-There was a chemical test showing the driver had a blood alcohol level above 0.08% at the time of driving.