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Paul Burglin
Paul Burglin practices DUI defense in the San Francisco Bay Area including the Napa/Sonoma wine country. He has been in practice for more than 30 years and was formerly a partner at one of the oldest Marin County law firms (Mitchell, Hedin, Breiner, Ehlenbach & Burglin). After graduating from U.C. Berkeley in 1980, Mr. Burglin received his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in Washington. He is Board Certified in DUI Defense and co-authors the two-volume treatise, "California Drunk Driving Law." He is on the Board of Regents with the National College of DUI Defense (www.NCDD.com) and is Editor-in-Chief of its case law update and newsletter. He is one of only a select few of DUI defense attorneys in the United States to have attended the University of Indiana’s Borkenstein Course on chemical testing and scientific protocols offered to prosecution experts, and he is a certified graduate of that program.

Firm: San Francisco DUI Lawyer

Areas of Practice: California DUI Law

Address: San Rafael Location 999 Fifth Avenue, Suite 350 San Rafael, CA 94901 Hours: Monday-Friday (Weekends by App’t) Hours: 9 am-5pm (Evenings by App’t)

Phone: (415) 729-7300

Fax: (415) 457-2539

Undergraduate: Univ of California Berkeley

Law School: Gonzaga Univ School of Law

Professional Affiliations: United States Supreme Court California Supreme Court United States District Courts (Northern & Eastern Districts) Marin County Bar Association

Professional Accomplishments: Board Certified in DUI Defense (as recognized by the American Bar Association).

Professional Experience: Following is a partial list of my credentials. Don’t forget to read the testimonials page. There is no substitute for this kind of experience and expertise in the field of DUI defense – I continue to educate myself and I am at the top of my profession to help people like you keep your license! I have been a San Francisco Bay Area DUI lawyer for over 30 years. This includes DUI defense in Marin, Napa, Oakland, Sonoma, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Lake Tahoe, and Walnut Creek. Judges, prosecutors and DMV hearing officers often call me when one of their own family members or friends gets arrested for drunk driving. These are people in the know, and I am the DUI attorney they regularly turn to because they know I am a skilled fighter in the courtroom. Call me at 415-729-7300 and you can have the same DUI legal defense that they do! I am the co-author of “California Drunk Driving Law”, a two-volume treatise commonly referred to as “the Bible of DUI Defense.” This is the book the other attorneys use for their research when defending their clients & I will use this knowledge when I defend you. I am one of just 7 California DUI attorneys who are Board Certified in DUI Defense from the National College of DUI Defense, Inc. This certification, recognized by the American Bar Association, confirms the rare level of knowledge and experience that I have in defending law-abiding citizens caught in the DUI trap. I will use this knowledge to defend you in your drunk driving defense! I am frequently sought after for expert opinion on California DUI Laws and penalties. I am discreet and professional.

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If you would like to contact the author, please visit: http://www.burglin.com


Ambien/Zolpidem – Unconsciousness Defense

Did you know that “unconsciousness” may be a complete defense to a criminal charge, including the offense of driving under the influence? One may be deemed “unconscious” even though they are walking and talking. The only requirement for this defense in a DUI case is that there must be at least a reasonable doubt that the state of unconsciousness was caused by involuntary intoxication. One instance in which the defense arises is where the accused took a prescribed dose of ... Read More »

Military Diversion

California Penal Code § 1001.80 will likely be amended to clarify that misdemeanor DUI offenses (Vehicle Code §§ 23152 and 23153) are not precluded from military diversion eligibility.  The California Senate, by a vote of 38-0, has already passed SB-725 to add proposed subsection (l) to California Penal Code § 1001.80 as follows: Notwithstanding any other law, including Section 23640 of the Vehicle Code, a misdemeanor offense for which a defendant may be placed in a pretrial diversion program in accordance ... Read More »

Suppression Of Evidence Following Birchfield

The United States Supreme Court’s recent holding in Birchfield v. North Dakota (2016) ___ U.S. ___ (Docket No. 14-1468) presents some new angles for defending DUI charges in California. Birchfield holds that in the absence of lawful consent under the Fourth Amendment, the police may not forcibly extract a blood sample from a DUI suspect or threaten a jail sanction in order to coerce consent to blood testing. If they do not obtain free and voluntary consent, they must get ... Read More »

Suppressing Chemical Test Results

You were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and told you were required to submit to a chemical test of your breath or blood. You may have also been told you had no right to speak with an attorney before deciding whether to submit to one or the other. There may be legal grounds under the Fourth and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution to suppress the test results from evidence. The seminal case of Missouri v. ... Read More »

Police Credibility Being Challenged In DUI

I once talked to a criminal defense attorney who told me in the late ’60’s he won 17 consecutive motions to suppress evidence based on Fourth Amendment violations committed by the police. Many DUI defense attorneys have not prevailed on that many motions to suppress evidence in their careers. What happened is that our courts became packed with conservative judges following the ouster of Rose Bird and two of her colleagues on the California Supreme Court. Voters in California were ... Read More »

CAVEAT EMPTOR — THE MISLEADING NATURE OF ON-LINE REVIEWS AND WEBSITE CLAIMS

The California State Bar has issued a formal opinion about misleading representations by attorneys on their websites and blogs (Formal Opinion Interim No. 12-0006) and the reason is that too many lawyers are making claims that have no basis in reality. Some claim to be recognized as one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers In America” but fail to mention that they simply paid $375.00 for the logo and trophy and did nothing to earn the purported distinction. Another popular ... Read More »

Stopped For Not Using A Turn Signal

Many drivers fail to use a turn signal when they should, but in daytime hours it does not usually result in a traffic stop. The same is not true late at night because police officers are often looking for reasons to stop drivers just to see if they have had too much to drink. Some California counties have specific DUI police patrols active between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. Yet a turn signal is not always legally required for a ... Read More »

Know What To Say If Arrested For DUI

Most DUI suspects in California know they have the right to remain silent. They have heard it countless times on television but can have difficulty exercising the right if they have been drinking. If they decide to talk to the police they can be misquoted or have their statements misinterpreted. Most of the time it is best to just say nothing. That was until the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in People v. Tom (Docket No. S202107 – August 14, ... Read More »

Police Stop Based On 911 Call

In Navarette v. California, the United States Supreme Court recently addressed the constitutionality of police stopping a motorist based on an anonymous 911 call. The decision holds that it depends on the “totality of the circumstances.” In this particular case, the enforcement stop was deemed constitutional based on the following facts: Use of 911 system (suggestive that caller was not concerned about report being traced back to him); Detailed description of driving which was consistent with the driving of an ... Read More »

DUI Checkpoints: The Constitutionally Suspect Secondary Screening Stage

With Super Bowl Sunday upon us, law enforcement agencies throughout California will be participating in DUI Checkpoints this evening. Ever since these warrantless stops were sanctioned by the California Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court under very strict guidelines, officers have pushed the envelope with respect to the questions they ask and the basis upon which they further detain motorists for field sobriety testing.  In many of these DUI Checkpoint operations, officers ask overly intrusive questions such as ... Read More »