The North Bay's DUI Attorney and Case Information

Arrested in Marin County, Sonoma County, or Napa County for a DUI/DWI?

If you are arrested for a DUI in Marin County, Sonoma County, or Napa County, it is important to understand the local nature of the charges and to speak with an attorney with experience in the city and county of your arrest.

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North Bay DUI cases are unique. Whether you are arrested in Marin, Napa or Sonoma County, it's worth finding out what you face on a local level.

Hire a California DUI Attorney with Experience

Amy Morell can appear for you at your court appearances. On your first court date, your case will be listed on the court calendar. Your first court date is called an "arraignment." This date is a procedural court date where the complaint is received listing your charges and the police report. The chemical test results are also received. The case is then continued to another court date. In between the first court date and the second court date, the investigation into your case starts. This is a very important part of your case and why an attorney is essential to the proper defense of your case.

You Have 10 Days to Act!

What you should know about a DMV Hearing Request in your County

It is important to know that a DUI/DWI charge may have both administrative and criminal penalties. After a DUI arrest in Marin, Napa and Sonoma Counties, you have 10 days to petition for a DMV hearing in order to contest your initial license suspension. The 10 days include weekends and holidays and it is important you make your request within this strict time frame or you will have waived your rights to a hearing.

Amy Morell has defended more than a thousand DUI cases, including conducting more than a thousand DMV hearings. She knows the local rules and procedures of DUI cases in the North Bay and surrounding counties. As your attorney, she will work tirelessly and devote her extensive knowledge and resources toward getting you the best possible outcome in your case. Amy will provide you with personalized representation to ensure that you are informed of DMV and court procedures and deadlines.

What you should know about the DMV Hearing Request in the North Bay

It is important to know that a DMV hearing request must be made within 10 days from the date of arrest in order to contest your initial license suspension. For an North Bay arrest, a request for a DMV hearing must be made to the San Francisco's Driver's Safety Office, 415-557-3722. The 10 days include weekends and holidays. It is important you act within this strict time frame or you may have waived your right to a hearing. However, if you did not make the request within the 10 day time limit, a request for a late hearing may be made. Most DMV hearings are scheduled within 4-8 weeks from the date of arrest. The DMV will mail an additional temporary license so that your driving privileges remain valid until a decision from the hearing is made. There are many defenses to DMV hearings. These hearing can be won!

The DMV hearing is usually scheduled 4-8 weeks after your arrest date.  The DMV will mail you an additional temporary license that is good pending the decision from the DMV hearing.  At the DMV hearing, only certain issues will be discussed.  If a chemical test result of .08% or more was obtained (no refusal), these three issues are heard:
 
1) Did the peace officer have reasonable cause to believe your were driving a motor vehicle in violation of Section 23152, 23153 or 23154 CVC?
 
2) Were you lawfully arrested?
 
3) Were you driving a motor vehicle when you had 0.08% BAC or more by weight of alcohol?
 
If any one of these issues are won, the license suspension is avoided. 
 
Amy Morell is knowledgeable of local rules and procedures of DUI cases in Marin County. Once hired, she will work tirelessly and devote her extensive knowledge and resources toward getting you the best possible outcome in your case. She will provide you with specialized representation and will personally handle every aspect of your case.

Proven Track Record

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We have a proven track record of successfully helping people charged with DUI throughout the Bay Area.

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