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Napa County DUI

600 Montgomery Street, Suite 210
San Francisco, California 94111

Email: Bay Area DUI Lawyer
Phone: 707-576-9900
Fax: 415-552-6099
Toll Free: 800-901-1888

Napa DUI Lawyer Robert Tayac is recognized as being among the top driving under the influence attorneys in California. The investigators and experts working with Mr. Tayac's office specialize in California driving under the influence cases in the California criminal courts in Napa, Federal DUI courts and before the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Napa County Criminal Defense Lawyers at the Law Office of Robert Tayac represent clients accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, medication or drugs or driving with a blood alcohol level at or above the legal limit in Napa County.

The Napa County Superior Court is located at the county seat in the City of Napa. All DUI cases stemming from an arrest in Napa County are handled at the Napa County Courthouse.

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 Napa County will have to appear at the Napa County Superior Court located in Napa. Additionally, a person arrested for a DUI in Napa County will have a separate California DMV license suspension action stemming from a driving with a blood alcohol level at or above the legal limit. This second DUI case will be before the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ Driver Safety Office located in San Francisco or a designated DMV satellite office. The DUI criminal case is unrelated to the Department of Motor Vehicles case.

Each of our attorneys specializes in DUI defense in Napa County and is a member of professional organizations whose focus is related to this 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 attorney is familiar with the specific procedures of the Napa County Superior Courts. The firm accepts no other type of case other than a California DUI or DMV cases and does not represent clients in any court or tribunal outside of the State of California. However, we do represent clients from out of state who may have been arrested for driving under the influence, often referred to as driving while impaired, while they were visiting Napa County.

A drunk driving arrest in Napa County will usually initiate two separate cases. The first case is the California DUI criminal case which will be prosecuted by the Napa County District Attorney’s office at the Superior Court located in Napa. The Napa County District Attorney will usually charge a person arrested for DUI in Napa County with at least two separate criminal violations following a DUI arrest made by a California Highway Patrol officer, Napa County deputy sheriff, or local police officer of Napa, American Canyon, Calistoga, St. Helena, or Yountville. The first charge is for driving under the influence of alcohol, medication or drugs in violation of California 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 California Vehicle Code Section 23152, subdivision (b). If a DUI arrest involved an accident resulting in an injury to a person other than the individual arrested, a more serious felony DUI criminal case will be charged by the Napa County District Attorney in violation of California Vehicle Code section 23153, subdivision (a)(b).

The second case is a California Department of Motor Vehicles Administrative Per Se (APS) case, in which the arrested person’s privilege to drive is at risk of being suspended. Drivers arrested for driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher in California have only 10 days from the date of arrest to request a DMV administrative per se (APS) hearing. If a DMV hearing is not requested by a driver or lawyer within ten (10) days of the arrest, any California driver’s license will automatically be suspended thirty (30) days from the date of the arrest for a minimum of four (4) months. If the person arrested in Napa County for DUI has an out of state driver license, the privilege of that person to drive within the State of California will be suspended indefinitely thirty (30) days from the date of the arrest and will usually not be restored until a California driving under the influence school is completed. Additionally, a driving suspension imposed by the California Department of Motor Vehicles for a DUI will usually trigger a third case with the state agency which issued out of state driver’s license.

California DMV hearings are technically complex, and should only be handled by a lawyer with extensive experience handling DUI and California DMV cases. To suspend a driver’s license, the California 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. California Department of Motor Vehicles administrative per se 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 Napa 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 Napa 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 Napa County, we invite you to read the information contained in this website and welcome you to call our office and discuss your case with one of the lawyers of our firm. If you prefer, you may submit a confidential case questionnaire which will be reviewed by an experienced DUI defense lawyer and receive a prompt response.

Our office is conveniently located in San Francisco Bay Area, close to Napa County, and we are ready to assist you. Please call and talk to one of our DUI defense lawyers for a free consultation.

Napa County General Information

Napa County is a county located north of the San Francisco Bay Area in the state of California. It is part of the Napa, California Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county seat is Napa. Napa County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood.

Napa County includes the cities and towns of and unincorporated districts of American Canyon, Calistoga, Napa, St. Helena, and Yountville. The unincorporated communities of Napa County include Aetna Springs, Angwin, Berryessa Highlands, Capell Valley, Chiles Valley, Circle Oaks, Deer Park, Dry Creek, Gordon Valley, Lokoya, Los Carneros, Mt. Veeder, Oakville, Pope Valley, Rutherford, Soda Canyon, Spanish Flat, and Vichy Springs.

Napa County was formed and became one of the original California counties when the state became part of the United States.

Adjacent counties:

  • Solano County, California - South, Southeast
  • Sonoma County, California - West
  • Lake County, California - North
  • Yolo County, California - East

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