Marin County DUI Defense Attorneys, Drunk Driving Defense Lawyers
The Law Office of Robert Tayac is recognized as being among the top driving under the influence (DUI) defense firms in California. Attorneys for the firm represent clients accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or driving with a blood alcohol level at or above the legal limit in Marin County. The legal limit in California is .08% blood alcohol level (BAC) as measured by a breath test or a blood test. Anyone driving a motor vehicle, boat, plane or bicycle at or above the legal limit in Marin County is subject to arrest by the California Highway Patrol, Marin County Sheriff's Office or one of the many local law enforcement agencies operating in Marin County. The Superior Court of Marin County is located at 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. All DUI cases stemming from an arrest in Marin County are handled at the San Rafael Courthouse.
A drunk driving arrest in Marin County will usually initiate two separate cases. The first case is the Marin County DUI criminal case which will be prosecuted by the Marin County District Attorney’s office at the Superior Court. The Marin County District Attorney will usually charge a person arrested for DUI with a minimum of two separate criminal violations following the arrest made by a California Highway Patrol officer, Marin County deputy sheriff, or a local police officer.
The first charge is for driving under the influence of alcohol, medication or drugs in violation of Vehicle Code section 23152, subdivision (a). The second charge is for driving with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08 percent or greater in violation of Vehicle Code Section 23152, subdivision (b). If a drinking and driving arrest involved an accident resulting in an injury to a person other than the individual arrested, a more serious felony DUI may be charged by the Marin County District Attorney in violation of California Vehicle Code section 23153, subdivision (a)(b).
A lawyer representing a person arrested for driving under the influence or driving with a blood alcohol level at or above the legal limit in Marin County will be required to appear for the client at the Marin County Superior Courthouse. In addition, a person arrested for a DUI in Marin County will have a separate California DMV license suspension action stemming from an arrest for driving with a blood alcohol level at or above the legal limit. This second DUI case will be before a hearing officer for the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ Driver Safety Office located at 1377 Fell Street in San Francisco or a designated California DMV satellite office. A California DUI criminal case is unrelated to the Department of Motor Vehicles case.
Each of the attorneys with this law firm specializes in DUI criminal defense in Marin County and is a member of professional organizations whose focus is related to this highly specialized practice area, including the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), California DUI Lawyers Association (CDLA), National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), and California Public Defenders Association (CPDA). Additionally, each of our criminal defense attorneys is familiar with the specific procedures and local rules of the Marin County Superior Court. The firm accepts no other type of case other than a California DUI criminal or DMV case and does not represent clients in any court or tribunal outside of the State of California.
California DMV hearings are technically complex, and should only be handled by a lawyer or law firm with extensive experience handling DUI cases and California DMV cases. To suspend a driver’s license, the Department of Motor Vehicles need only prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the police had reasonable cause to believe a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 23152 or Section 23153 was committed, that the arrest was lawful, and that the driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or greater. DMV administrative hearings can be won, but usually only by an attorney with specialized knowledge of the hearing process, the type of evidence presented and familiarity with the possible defenses.
The stakes are high in a Marin County drunk driving case. A motorist accused of driving under the influence faces the possibility of jail, large fines, driver’s license suspensions, mandatory alcohol education classes, ignition interlock devices, and other punishment. For that reason, it is imperative that you have only a qualified Marin County DUI lawyer handle your case. If you or someone you know has been or may be accused of driving under the influence, or driving with a blood alcohol level at or above the legal limit in Marin County, we invite you to read the information contained in this website and welcome you to call our office and discuss your case with a member of our firm. If you prefer, you may submit a confidential case questionnaire which will be reviewed by a DUI defense lawyer of our firm and receive a prompt response.
Our office is conveniently located in San Francisco Bay Area, close to Marin County, and is ready to assist you. Please call and talk to one of our lawyers for a free consultation.
The Law Office of Robert Tayac
600 Montgomery Street, Suite 210
San Francisco, California 94111
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Marin County General Information:
Marin County is a county located in the North San Francisco Bay Area of the state of California, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Geographically, the county forms a large, southward-facing peninsula, with the Pacific Ocean to the west, San Pablo Bay and San Francisco Bay to the east, and - across the Golden Gate - the city of San Francisco to the south. Marin County's northern border is with Sonoma County.
Marin County includes the cities, towns and unincorporated districts of Bel Marin Keyes, Belvedere, Bolinas, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Greenbrae, Inverness, Kentfield, Lagunitas, Larkspur, Las Gallinas, Lucas Valley, Marin City, Mill Valley, Marinwood, Muir Beach, Nicasio, Novato, Olema, Ross, San Anselmo, San Geronimo, San Rafael, Sausalito, Stinson Beach, Strawberry, Tamalpais, Terra Linda, Tiburon, Tomales and Woodacre.
Most of the county's population resides on the eastern side, with a string of communities running along San Francisco Bay, from Sausalito to Tiburon to Corte Madera to San Rafael. The interior contains large areas of agricultural and open space; West Marin, through which State Route 1 runs alongside the California coast, contains many small unincorporated communities dependent on agriculture and tourism for their economies.
DUI Resources for Marin County, California: