LAW OFFICE OF ROBERT K. LINCOLN, P.A.

Land Use and Local Government Law and Litigation

The Law Office of Robert K. Lincoln, P.A.  provides legal services to private and public entities involved in complex land use disputes.  Hiring an attorney is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements.  Before you decide, ask and I will provide free information about my experience and qualifications. 

Due Process in Driver's License Proceedings - NOT

The 3d DCA overturned the quashal of a DMV driver's license suspension in Fla DMV v. Jones, here's the link. The Department (in a hearing before a non-lawyer, department employee) apparently suspended the license based only on the officer's arrest report. The issue was probably cause for the stop, and the appeal was over whether the lower court had reviewed the statements in the report using a "subjective" versus "objective" test.

But the real issue is that people's licenses are being suspended based only on documentary evidence without the right to confront. The idea that these arrest reports are self-documenting and can be introduced without the sworn testimony of the officer (absent one of the various exceptions to hearsay, etc.) flies in the face of any kind of democratic justice.

Think about it: an administrative agency suspends your license based on a document, then gives you a "hearing" in front of one of its employees - who has no training in the law -- and then rests its case on the document, with no meaningful opportunity to challenge the contents of the document. In other words, in any meaningful way, the arresting officer IS the sheriff, judge, jury and executioner (since the officer siezes the license), because there is no meaningful way to challenge the officer's action.

Good bye justice and freedom. Hello Gulag.

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