Can I take the DMV to small claims?
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You can't sue in small claims. You need a writ attorney and they're few and far between. In addition, for a writ attorney, this will likely cost you between 3500-5000 so you have to honestly ask yourself if it's worth it because the alcohol class will cost far less.
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I represented clients many times in a similar situation. Eventually I got an order that applies to all California drivers that should have prevented this. It sounds like they may have violated the court order. If so, getting a lawyer to help here could result in getting rid of the school requirement and dmv paying your attorney fees and monetary sanctions.
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You might want to contact a local DUI defense attorney, assuming the facts are as you represent you should be successful filing a writ of mandamous which would order the DMV to remove the DUI from your driving record and drop the DUI school requirement and possibly result in the DMV paying your legal fees and costs.
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