San Francisco DUI Attorney Robert Tayac
Specializing in DUI Defense in San Francisco & All Bay Area Counties
Welcome to the website for San Francisco DUI lawyer and DMV attorney Robert Tayac. If you, a relative or someone you know and care about has been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in San Francisco, or the surrounding counties of Alameda
, San Mateo, Santa Clara or Sonoma, or has received a letter from the California Department of Motor Vehicles Driver Safety Office threatening a driver's license suspension or driving privilege suspension, please read the material presented in the "What to Do First
" and "DUI Overview
" sections of this website, then seriously consider hiring an experienced and locally based lawyer who specializes in DUI defense and California driver's license suspension matters.
California DUI Laws
are complicated. A San Francisco DUI arrest most often initiates two separate driving under the influence cases. The first DUI case is
the criminal case
, while the second DUI case is
the DMV case
. Those arrested for drunk driving who hold
(registered nurses or licensed vocational nurses), physical therapists, teachers, certified public accountants (CPA's), pilots, stock brokers, bankers, veterinarians, x-ray technicians, or other professionals) are at risk of having an additional case initiated by the board or commission which issued the license which may impact their ability to practice their profession. Individuals who hold positions of trust, such as police officers, fire fighters, airline pilots and commercial truck drivers will also be presented with specific issues requiring special consideration.
Out of state drivers
are presented with additional legal issues because the state which issued them a driver's license (home state) can be expected to initiate an additional case against their driver's license which may carry additional consequences in addition to those which may result from the California Department of Motor Vehicles DUI suspension case.
If a person is not a citizen of the United States, the risk exists of deportation, denial of naturalization, exclusion from admission to the United States, exclusion from readmission to the United States following travel outside of this country, denial of an extension of an H1B work visa or an upgrade to Lawful Permanent Resident (also called, Resident Alien Permit Holder or Green Card Holder) or other upgrade of status with the United States.
From the moment a person is stopped by a California Highway Patrol Officer, local San Francisco Police Officer, United States Park Police Officer or other law enforcement officer, they are being subjected to a DUI investigation
and incriminating evidence is being collected. A driver's physical appearance and performance on so-called
field sobriety tests
will be recorded on a police report, as well as the result of a
Preliminary Alcohol Screening
evidential breath test
, or evidential blood test.
While serious, the consequences of a first offense DUI
arrest in San Francisco are less severe than those of a
second offense DUI
Multiple driving under the influence
cases such as a third arrest for driving under the influence or even a fourth arrest for drunk driving will lead to increasingly serious
which may include mandatory jail time or even a state prison commitment. Additionally, it is important to understand that special rules, procedures and penalties apply to
Federal DUI cases
stemming from arrests in the Presidio National Park or on other Federal property by the United States Park Police or other law enforcement agency. Federal DUI cases are prosecuted by the United States Attorney's office and upon conviction result in formal supervised probation by the United States Probation Office who will come to your home and may contact your employer.
Additionally, the consequences of a San Francisco DUI accident
DUI accident causing injury
or death are very severe and may lead to an actual jail or prison sentence. Although there are
which may apply to particular cases, many inexperienced DUI lawyers overstate the extent to which these defenses may be available to a particular individual's DUI case.
Robert Tayac is recognized as being a top San Francisco DUI lawyer and leads an experienced team of highly qualified DUI investigators and DUI experts who serve clients accused of driving under the influence (DUI) violations in San Francisco and
San Francisco Bay Area Courts. Mr. Tayac has specialized education, training, and experience in DUI defense, enabling him to handle any California DUI case.
Additionally, Robert, as a former San Francisco Police Inspector, is the only California DUI attorney trained by the San Francisco Police Department in DUI investigation and certified by the San Francisco Police Department on the Intoxylizer 5000 breath alcohol testing device which is the only evidential breath testing device used in San Francisco DUI prosecutions. Additionally, he is a qualified accident investigator, having received specialized advanced training in accident investigation. As well, Robert was the coauthor of the Fourth Edition of
California Drunk Driving Defense which is the practice guide other attorneys use as a reference when they have questions regarding how to handle DUI cases in California and which the California Supreme Court cited as an authority in the case of
People v. McNeal in 2009.
For well over fifteen years, people have trusted Robert Tayac to handle their San Francisco and San Francisco Bay Area DUI and DMV cases. His office provides high quality, no nonsense, cost effective representation to clients. No attorney will achieve a better result for you in a San Francisco driving under the influence case.
Office Location and Areas We Serve
This office is conveniently located in downtown San Francisco across the street from the Transamerica Pyramid at
505 Montgomery Street, 11th Floor San Francisco, California 94111. Satellite offices are maintained in Napa, Redwood City, San Rafael, and Walnut Creek. For further information on driving under the influence matters in neighboring cities and counties, feel free to review the information on the resource pages indicated below:
Contact the Law Office of Robert Tayac for your free case evaluation!