So the Bureau of Administrative Reviews (BAR) office in Tampa, Florida, is closed today. Although my client was requesting a formal review hearing and was entitled to a 42 day permit after a DUI arrest, that is not going to happen today. The sign on the door says:
“This Office will be closed Thursday, February 13th and Friday, February 14th. The office will re-open Monday, February 17th at 8 a.m. Please refer to posting next to this notice if you need further assistance.
Bureau of Administrative Reviews Tampa Office”
The posting next to it is dated February 10, 2014. It is identified as “Information Notice DL14-006.” The subject line reads: “BAR Office Closed for Annual Training.” It also provides:
Most of the Department’s Bureau of Administrative Review (BAR) offices will be closed Wednesday, February 12th through Monday, February 17th for their annual training. The Clearwater and Tampa BAR Offices will be open on Wednesday and Monday.
Although you can call any of these numbers and no one would ever answer the phone, the notice also provides:
This year there will be seven offices that will remain open and they will be able to assist customers by telephone during this time period. Customers needing immediate assistance may call any of the offices at the numbers listed below.
Panama City – 850-872-7745
Tallahassee – 850-617-2449
Gainesville – 352-955-2030
Fort Myers – 239-278-7421
Miami – 305-265-3001 (Press 1 for assistance)
Fort Pierce 772-468-4050 (Press 1 for assistance)
If you have any questions regarding the closings, please contact your next level of management.
So who is the next level of management?
If you have any problems because of the closure, leave a message below. I wonder if someone reports to the BAR office on Monday whether they will still get a “wavier review hearing.” Normally, the BAR takes the position that if the 10th day after the arrest falls on a day when the BAR is closed then the person is not entitled to a waiver review hearing.
If you do not get the waiver review hearing on Monday and immediate restatement because of the timing issue, you can still request a formal review hearing and 42 day permit.
Regardless, the office closure certainly creates a problem for anyone that needed a 42 day permit on Thursday or Friday.
Read more about the DHSMV’s new rules after a DUI arrest for getting immediate reinstatement after waiving the right to a formal review hearing.