Fighting the Bureau of Automotive Repair: The Need for an Expert Witness

Many times in a case, whether it be a Bureau of Automotive Repair Accusation or a Bureau of Automotive Repair Citation, there are some cases I advise clients to use an expert witness, specifically  a Bureau of Automotive Repair Expert. The reason?

  • Everyone else is biased.

Bureau of Automotive Repair, Expert WitnessHow so?  Well, in the proceedings in administrative law about your Bureau of Automotive Repair accusation or citation, the administrative law judge knows that everyone at the table has a bias of some sort.  The Bureau of Automotive Repair is biased – the administrative law judge knows they make their living putting shops out of business.  So their representatives are trying to show you in the worst light, and “prove” that you were acting in bad faith. Even more so, because they have workers out in the field and they want to preserve their own “reputation” as being efficient in terms of cracking down on “offenders.”  So the Bureau of Automotive Repair representatives are certainly biased.

But you – my clients – are also biased. Let’s face it.  The judge will realize that you are there trying to save your livelihood. SMOG checks and STAR certification and all that is big business, and the Administrative Law Judge knows that.  No one is suggesting that the clients are lying, but like the Bureau witnesses, a judge knows to take what is said with a grain of salt. Everyone in Court is putting his own best foot forward.

Enter the Expert Witness for a Bureau of Automotive Repair Dispute

An expert witness, however, is independent. Their reputation is on the line. Although the Administrative Law Judge knows they are paid by the defense, an expert would not be in business long if they were to lie. Their testimony is a credible expert source to combat the allegations of the Bureau of Automotive Repair. Sometimes expert reports have turned the case completely. What was once an unwinnable case now has the Bureau of Automotive Repair looking sideways talking settlement and sweetheart deals.

So –

When it’s my client casting this doubt, he has a vested motive. When it’s me casting doubt, it’s because I’m getting paid to do so.

When it’s a expert with resources proving my clients case staking his professional reputation on his findings? It’s hard for a judge to look the other way. Thus I often recommend we consider the work of an expert witness.  Call us today if you are having a dispute with the Bureau of Automotive Repair.  We can help.

~ William Ferreira, October 9, 2014


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