Automotive Defense Specialists is a team of lawyers defending shops, owners, and technicians in the SMOG and auto repair industry. The firm announces a new blog post on the role of a STAR suspension attorney.

LOS ANGELES, CA, January 27, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — Automotive Defense Specialists, a team of defense attorneys for SMOG technicians and auto repair shops, is proud to announce a new blog post focused on the “STAR” program and so-called invalidations or suspensions. A STAR suspension letter can disrupt a busy auto repair shop. Speaking to a STAR suspension attorney ready to help defend a case in court may be the first step in saving a business.

“We understand how frightening it is to receive a suspension letter from the Bureau of Auto Repair,” explained attorney William Ferreira of Automotive Defense Specialists. “It can leave one’s livelihood in ruin, if a business owner or technician doesn’t fight back. We know how to fight back and help save a STAR certification and/or SMOG license to do business.”

The new informational blog post by Automotive Defense Specialists is available at If an auto repair shop is faced with a STAR suspension letter from the Bureau of Automotive Repair, speaking to a lawyer could help. A STAR invalidation attorney can review the case and manage a successful defense in court. The firm defends auto technicians and so-called “mom and pop” auto repair shops from suspensions and other licensing actions from the Bureau of Auto Repair in California. The firm defends cases such as interim suspension orders, STAR invalidations (suspensions), repair licensing issues, and SMOG citations. Eligibility for a STAR certification can require specialized training and time. One of the best approaches to a STAR suspension order is working with a skilled defense lawyer. The public can find details for approaching STAR invalidations on the topic-specific blog post at … ion-cases/.


Here is the background on this release. Earning a STAR certification program may be considered an “elite” accomplishment by the SMOG testing community. The personal investment in time and money can pay off when a business becomes licensed by the Bureau of Automotive Repair, up to and including participation in the STAR program. The news could seem devastating, however, if a shop receives a STAR suspension letter from the Bureau of Automotive Repair. Many SMOG repair shops can rely on a STAR certification for up to 70% of their business. The best chance of saving a SMOG business can include speaking to a STAR suspension attorney about best options including appealing a Bureau of Automotive Repair action. An appeal can help review the allegations and stop a STAR suspension order in its tracks.


Automotive Defense Specialists ( is a top law firm representing auto repair facilities, SMOG check stations, and technicians in every facet of their legal needs, including the Bureau of Automotive Repair letters, citations, suspensions, and invalidations. The legal team can help auto shops respond to a Bureau of Auto Repair defense letter. The company offers phone consultations to auto shops, mechanics, technicians, and others facing disciplinary actions from the California Bureau of Automotive Repair.
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