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 California 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, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, 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 California 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. This additional case may impact a person's ability to practice their profession. As well, 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. Almost all states have entered into an agreement called the interstate driver's license compact which is intended to further a policy that there should be only one driving record for every person who drives in the United States.
If a person is not a citizen of the United States, the risk exists of deportation, denial or delay 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.
Even before a person is stopped by a California Highway Patrol Officer, local Police Officer, county Sheriff's Deputy, United States Park Police Officer or other law enforcement officer, motorists are being watched and screened for suspicious activity or violations of the law and incriminating evidence is being collected. Officers are taking note of so-called vehicle in motion DUI Driving Cues
. After stopping the motorist and making personal contact, the
may continue or be initiated. 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
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 offense DUI
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, Moffett Airfield 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 DUI lawyers overstate the extent to which these defenses may be applicable to a particular individual's DUI case.
Top California DUI Attorney
Robert Tayac is recognized as being a top California 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, Mr. Tayac, 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, Mr. Tayac 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.
The Law Office of Robert Tayac has a record of success and achieves the best result possible result possible in each client's case. For well over fifteen years, Mr. Tayac's office has been and remains the choice of professionals who are accused of driving under the influence and being prosecuted in San Francisco and the surrounding counties of Alameda (Fremont, Hayward, Oakland and Pleasanton), Contra Costa (Martinez, Pittsburg and Richmond), Marin (San Rafael), Napa, San Mateo (Redwood City), Santa Clara (Palo Alto and San Jose) and Sonoma (Santa Rosa). There simply is no attorney who will achieve a better result for you or your loved one in a California driving under the influence case.
Office Location and Areas We Serve
The Law Office of Robert Tayac is located in the San Francisco Financial District at 505 Montgomery Street, 11th Floor San Francisco, California 94111. Satellite offices are maintained in Napa, Redwood City, San Rafael, and Walnut Creek. For more information on driving under the influence matters in neighboring cities and counties, feel free to review the county specific information on the resource pages listed below:
Contact The Office
The Law Office of Robert Tayac has been helping people charged with DUI in San Francisco for over fifteen years. If you hire Robert Tayac to handle your case, you will know that you are retaining the services of a knowledgeable, experienced, and trustworthy San Francisco DUI lawyer.
Contact the Law Office of Robert Tayac for your free case evaluation!