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Retaining An Experienced DUI Defense Attorney In Marin County For Representation At The Dmv Hearing


By hiring a DUI lawyer who knows what they’re doing, sometimes we can help prevent that suspension, or reduce the length of the license suspension if we cannot. Only very few DUI lawyers who operate in Marin County are able to do that. Many of them don’t go that far in helping their clients. It’s unfortunate, but as a practice that is experienced in DUI defense in Marin, we’ll be able to help you with that.

Marin County Court Appearance Procedure For DUI Charges

What used to happen in Marin is the opposite of San Francisco. They’ve gone the opposite way. In Marin, everything used to go through one department and then if a case was going to be a suppression motion or a trial that the case would get sent out to another courtroom. That was what we call a master calendar.

Now, what happens is on a first offense, almost every DUI that’s a misdemeanor will go under Department N, as in Nancy. In Department N, someone will be assigned to a different department right away for their next court appearance.

Now, there are 5 departments in Marin that your case can get sent to and there are 5 different judges. Those are typically in Departments J, G, F, D or K. every once in a while, those could switch around.

Some of those appearances will be set for 9:00 and some would be set for 8:30 in the morning. Your case would go there and in between that first court appearance in Department N and your appearance in the next courtroom, your attorney would be able to talk with the DAs office, have a conference or request discovery to get additional information that they need to fight your case.

The case is supposed to stay in that same department throughout the entirety until it’s finished. Sometimes, they’ll switch it around, which isn’t a big deal.

For example, a couple of weeks ago, I was in front of one judge and we had a suppression motion. He just had a very full calendar so we were sent over to another judge to do the motion. Then we will go back to that original judge for the next court appearance.

DUI Charges In Marin County Will Not Accept Plea Offers To Reduced Charges

One area where Marin is different than every other county in the San Francisco Bay area has to do with the offers that they give on DUI cases. More importantly is the offers that they do not give. In Marin County, if you get arrested for a DUI, alcohol, they will not offer a reduced charge.

They will not offer a wet reckless or a dry reckless, which are things that are possible in every other county depending on the case. But if the case involves alcohol, they just don’t reduce the charges. They never have, they’ve always had that same procedure.

By Aaron Bortel

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