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Marin County DUI

505 Montgomery Street, 11th Floor
San Francisco, California 94111

Email: Bay Area DUI Lawyer
Phone: 415-552-6000
Fax: 415-552-6099
Toll Free: 800-254-0000

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence in Marin County, you should hire an attorney to represent you.  Not all attorneys are the same and DUI law is a specialty.  For that reason, you should only consider attorneys who specialize in representing people in driving under the influence cases.

The Law Office of Robert Tayac is recognized as being among the top driving under the influence (DUI) defense firms in California.  Robert Tayac has been an attorney for more than twenty years and specializes in representing good people accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol level at or above the legal limit in Marin County and all other counties in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He has written a book on DUI which other attorneys have used to learn how to handle a DUI case.

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 other 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 most often 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 a DUI arrest.  The first charge is for driving under the influence of alcohol 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 will probably be charged by the Marin County District Attorney.  In this case, the District Attorney will probably charge a 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, to the Marin County DUI case, 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 .08 percent legal limit. This second DUI case will be before a hearing officer at the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ Driver Safety Office located at 1377 Fell Street in San Francisco. A California Department of Motor Vehicles case is separate from and in addition to the California DUI criminal case.

Robert Tayac is a present of former member of professional organizations whose focus is this 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, Mr. Tayac is familiar with the specific procedures and local rules of the Marin County Superior Court. This office only specializes in California DUI criminal or a California DMV case and does not represent clients in any court or tribunal outside of the State of California.

California DMV hearings are technical, 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 (a legal term which means "probably" or "more likely than not") 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 at the time of driving. 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 person accused of driving under the influence faces the possibility of jail, large fines, driver’s license suspensions, mandatory alcohol education classes, ignition interlock devices, alcohol monitoring ankle (SCRAM) bracelet, and other punishment. For that reason, it makes sense 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, please read the information contained in this website for general and call this  office to discuss the specifics of your case with Robert Tayac. If you prefer, you may submit a confidential case questionnaire which will be reviewed by a Mr. Tayac and receive a prompt response.

Marin County General Information

Marin County DUIMarin 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.

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