Sonoma County DUI
600 Montgomery Street, Suite 210
San Francisco, California 94111
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The Law Office of Robert Tayac is recognized as being among the top driving under the influence defense firms in California. Attorneys for this highly specialized law firm represent clients accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Sonoma County.
A lawyer representing a person arrested for driving under the influence or driving with a blood alcohol level at or above the legal limit will have to appear at the Sonoma County Superior Court located in Santa Rosa. In addition, a person arrested for drinking and driving 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 case will be before the Department of Motor Vehicles’ Driver Safety Office in San Francisco or a Sonoma County DMV satellite office. The DUI criminal case and the Department of Motor Vehicles case are entirely separate from one another.
Each of our attorneys specializes in DUI defense in Sonoma 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 with this law firm is familiar with the specific procedures of the Sonoma County Superior Court. 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.
A DUI arrest in Sonoma County will usually initiate two separate cases. The first case is the DUI criminal case which will be prosecuted by the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office. The County District Attorney will usually charge a person arrested for a DUI with at least two separate criminal violations following the arrest made by a California Highway Patrol officer, deputy sheriff, or local police officer. The first DUI charge is for driving under the influence of alcohol, medication or drugs in violation of California Vehicle Code section 23152, subdivision (a). The second DUI 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 the arrest involved an accident resulting in an injury to another person, a more serious felony DUI will be charged by the Sonoma County District Attorney in violation of California Vehicle Code section 23153, subdivision (a)(b).
The second DUI case is a DMV administrative per se (APS) case, in which the privilege to drive of the person arrested 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 an administrative per se (APS) hearing. If a hearing is not requested 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 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 not be restored until a California DUI school is completed. Additionally, a driving suspension imposed by the Department of Motor Vehicles will usually trigger a third case with the state agency which issued driver’s license.
California DMV hearings are technically complex, and should only be handled by a lawyer with extensive experience handling DUI and 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. The 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 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 Sonoma County DUI lawyer handle your case from the beginning. 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 Sonoma 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 lawyer 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.
Sonoma County General Information
Sonoma County is on the northwest coast of California, one of the northernmost parts of the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Its largest city and county seat is Santa Rosa. Sonoma County is the home of Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College.
The county lies in the North Coast Ranges of northwestern California. Its ranges include the Mayacamas and the Sonoma Mountains, the southern peak of the latter being the prominent landform, Sears Point.
Sonoma County includes Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Windsor, Healdsburg, Sonoma, Cloverdale, Sebastopol and Cotati. The county seat of Sonoma County is Santa Rosa. Additionally, Sonoma County includes the unincorporated communities of Asti, Bodega, Bodega Bay, Boyes Hot Springs, El Verano, Geyserville, Glen Ellen, Jenner, Sea Ranch, and Soda Springs, to name a few.
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