Clearwater Bureau of Administrative Review (BAR)
The Clearwater Bureau of Administrative Reviews (BAR) Office is located at the following address:Bureau of Administrative Reviews (BAR) Office
4585 140th Ave. N.
Clearwater, FL 33762
Phone: (727) 507-4405-4585
The hearing officers with the B.A.R. Offices preside over formal review hearings after an administrative suspension related to DUI (for driving with a BAL over .08 DUBAL or refusal to submit to chemical testing).
Attorneys for Formal Review Hearings at the BAR in Clearwater, FL
At Sammis Law Firm, our DUI attorneys ALWAYS recommend demanding a “Formal Review Hearing” within the ten (10) calendar days after the arrest because that is the ONLY way to challenge the administrative suspension.
Our attorneys appear for hearings at the Clearwater BAR several times a week. We are experienced in fighting to get the administrative suspension invalidated. Click here to – Read our case results in DUI Cases.
If you waive all your rights at a waiver hearing in exchange for hardship driving privileges, then you are essentially stipulating to the DUI administrative suspension which then remains on your driving record for 75 years – even if you avoid a DUI conviction in court.
Before you decide about whether to demand a formal review hearing or waive your right, call the DUI defense attorneys at Sammis Law Firm.
Coverage Areas for the Clearwater B.A.R.
The State of Florida recently reduced the sixteen (16) Bureau of Administrative Review (B.A.R.) Offices into eight (8) BAR offices. Your formal review hearing will be heard at the Clearwater B.A.R. Office if your arrest occurred in any of the following counties:
- Pinellas County
- Charlotte County
- DeSoto County
- Highlands County
- Hardee County
- Manatee County
- Sarasota County
The hearing officer also help customers who have a suspended driver’s license, need a hardship license, or wish to show cause why the suspension was entered in error.
Click here to find directions to the Clearwater B.A.R. Office. The office is located in the middle of an office complex. The office hours of the Bureau of Administrative Reviews is Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise posted.
Attorneys for Hearings at the BAR Offices in Clearwater, FL
If you need to schedule a formal review hearing at the Bureau of Administrative Reviews office in Clearwater, FL, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Sammis Law Firm.
We attend these hearings in person to represent our clients. We also work with DUI defense attorneys in the surrounding counties if they need in-person coverage at the hearing. Let us put our experience to work for you.
Call 813-250-0500 today.
The Restructuring Plan for the Clearwater B.A.R. Office
The restructuring plan was, in part, the result of a research report concerning the “Statewide Reorganization of the Bureau of Administrative Reviews” prepared for the DHSMV by a gubernatorial fellow, Joshua Winograd, Class XIII.
In addition to closing half of the BAR offices, the report found that hiring and training were inadequate. As a result, the report recommended that only “attorney hearing officers” should be conducting formal review hearings.
Bureau of Administrative Reviews in Clearwater – Visit the website of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to find a list of offices located in Pinellas County including the Bureau of Administrative Reviews (BAR) Office, Driver License and Motor Vehicle Service Centers for driver license services only and due services centers located in Clearwater, Largo, St. Petersburg, the Florida Highway Patrol Stations, and Bureau of Dealer Services.
This article was last updated on Monday, August 17, 2020.