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Licensing and Administrative Representation

Our office handles state licensing and administrative representation, related to, or arising out of pending criminal charges, including licensing matters before the California Department of Motor Vehicles and other California State agencies. We have many years of experience handling Department of Motor Vehicle APS hearings, negligent operator hearings, and other types of vehicle related investigations or actions against the licensee. We have filed petitions for writ challenging decisions of the DMV, and have conducted extensive and lengthy DMV proceedings, involving the calling of expert witnesses and cross examination of DMV witnesses.

We also handle professional licensing or investigatory matters involving the Board of Psychology, Board of Nursing, Medical Board, Bureau of Real Estate, Department of Insurance, and other state or local licensing agencies. We have experience defending Penal Code Section 23 motions brought against the licensee. A Penal Code Section 23 motion is one where the licensing agency can appear in criminal court and recommend suspension, restriction, or revocation, of a professional license.

We also handle administrative or licensing matters involving public safety personnel, such as firefighters, police officers, or paramedics. This may include appearing on behalf of clients before state and local commissions or agencies with oversight powers over the city or state employee. We are well versed in the Police Officer Bill of Rights and Firefighter Bill of Rights. These are basic procedural safeguards to protect public safety personnel. We have experience litigating privacy issues, including violations of Penal Code Section 832.7 on behalf of police officers.

We handle matters involving EMT/EMS and Emergency Medical Personnel in the City of San Francisco. These matters may involve hearings or investigatory interviews with Emergency Medical Services investigators. We have also worked with clients facing EMSA penalties or investigations at the state level. Most often for EMSA matters, the local fire department or local fire department union will have a contract providing for legal representation before the state EMSA board. We have worked cooperatively with union contracted lawyers as well to assist our clients with EMSA issues.

It is crucial that the licensee hires legal counsel with the appropriate experience to help them navigate what can be a complex and often confusing process. Criminal cases with licensing consequences for public employees will require an attorney well versed in the various licensing agencies and local agencies to help them navigate effectively the process.

Even if you believe you may have violated the law you may have mitigating circumstances that can be raised. Many licensing matters are alcohol or drug related. We can work with you to get you into the appropriate treatment or drug and alcohol facility. We can assist you with finding an appropriate and experienced therapist if you decide to hire our law firm and need that type of support or evaluation of your issues. We can work with you to have you forensically evaluated, by an experienced and licensed psychologist or psychiatrist.

Sometimes you may have a valid defense to any and all charges. In that case we are prepared to aggressively and effectively advocate on your behalf. Please contact our office today for a free and confidential consultation regarding your criminal law matter, administrative, or licensing matter.

Client Reviews
Mr. Sullivan helped me out during a very difficult time for me personally, and I am very satisfied with the outcome. He, unlike other attorneys that I spoke to, wasn't dramatic or falsely enthusiastic, and that was reassuring. He was savvy and realistic, experienced, a listener, flexible and affordable. D. Client
Over the past two years I have experienced extreme legal difficulties. We were unable to get help from anywhere. Within 24 hours of contacting Matt, I felt that I had finally found someone who could assist me in working towards resolving our situation. I highly recommend Mr. Sullivan. B. Client
I hired Mr. Sullivan to represent me in my DUI trial. He fought hard for me in a very difficult case, which we won. I was very happy with his services. It was obvious he cared about me and my case. He is a real attorney who will stand up for you. M.R.