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Aaron R. Bortel

Aaron R. Bortel

Law Firm of Aaron Bortel
  • DUI & DWI
  • California
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Mr. Bortel is a stand-up guy and values clients and the system from a human perspective and not just in terms of law and facts. Doing so, Mr. Bortel forged a reputation of credibility through practicing and living the Aristotelian concept of 'ethos'.
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We represent people accused of DUI (Driving Under the Influence) in Superior Court and at the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles). We have offices in Marin (San Rafael) and San Francisco, with a majority of our cases in Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and the Wine Country.

With over 28 years experience, Aaron Bortel is one of the only Attorneys in the Bay Area that dedicates his criminal law practice exclusively to fighting for the rights of those accused of Driving Under the Influence. We represent clients on misdemeanor and felony DUI charges. Often those charges can include hit and run, driving on a suspended license, driving under the influence of marijuana or prescription or legal/illegal drugs, speeding and other California Vehicle Code violations.

Our cases include under 21 DUI, zero tolerance and Drunk Driving probation violations. We conduct Administrative Per Se (APS) hearings for clients on most DUI cases.

Once hired we contact the DMV for our clients to request and later conduct the Administrative Per Se DMV Hearings. While the Court and DMV cases are going on in most instances our clients can remain driving, usually for many months. A loss of license will usually only occur if there is a DUI Conviction in Court or a DMV Hearing Suspension occurs after the APS Hearing.

Our years of experience with DMV have helped many clients save or regain their licenses after being accused of DUI, Lack of Skill, Negligent Operator, and Physical and Mental issues. In many cases we are able to take care of all the Court and DMV appearances without the client needing to attend.

We have helped clients with Bay Area DUI arrests who do not live in the Bay Area. Many of our clients live in Southern CA, out of State or outside the US. Many of our clients have professional licenses and we have helped guide them from day one on what needs to happen to maintain those licenses.

We offer a Free Consultation and you can contact us 24/7.

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    DUI & DWI
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of California
ID Number: 160288
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Law Firm of Aaron Bortel
University of California - Santa Barbara
B.A. | Law and Society
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Golden Gate University School of Law
J.D. | Law
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Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement
Better Business Bureau
Since 2008
BV Rated
Selected 2006 - 2010
Professional Associations
National College for DUI Defense
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California DUI Lawyers Association
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California State Bar  # 160288
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
DUI Defense, MCLE lecture
DUI's, FST's, Breath Machines, Medical defenses and other related DMV topics. Demonstrations conducted on unreliability of Alco Sensor IV breath machine and problems with other alcohol detecting breath devices.
DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
Certificate of Completion - Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and NCDD
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3 Questions Answered
Q. Should I reinstate my license at first opportunity or wait for my court date?
A: This is a question that needs to be discussed with your attorney as they have information about your court case that we do not possess. Under current DMV procedure, you do not get credit for APS IID restriction time if you later get convicted in court and DMV gives you a Mandatory Suspension. If the court conviction is a wet reckless on a first offense DUI there should be no additional IID required. However a first offense DUI Conviction will result in another 6 months of the IID once you get the IID license reinstated. Your other choices would be six months of straight suspension or 12 months of work restricted driving after a month of no driving. The best court results would be dismissal, not guilty verdicts or a diversion. Diversion for DUI's is now being considered/granted in some counties in California. All of these results would not require additional license suspension/restriction times.
Q. If someone had a DUI in another state, and then gets another DUI in California, what would most likely happen?
A: In most cases you will be facing both charges in court and suspension from the CA DMV. Make sure you or your lawyer contacts DMV within 10 days of arrest to preserve your CA driving privileges while the Administrative Case is challenged. DMV uses a code system and if it picks up the out of state conviction through the interstate compact then a code 17 will show up on your CA driving record. Recent changes in DUI law for 2nd DUI's allow for obtaining an ignition interlock license in CA without serving a no driving suspension if the DMV Administrative case is not won. Depending on the County, Court and Judge, you may be able to get a Diversion on this case which some jurisdictions now recognize under new CA law. This means if your case cannot be won at DMV and in Court, you may still be able to keep driving with an interlock device and avoid a criminal record in CA. Contact a DUI lawyer who works in the county of your arrest to discuss your case and options. If diversion is possible, it will take a lot of self help work on your part to get it done.
Q. What are the chances of having a 1st dui In california BAC .23 reduced or dismissed for medical reasons
A: As pervious attorneys answering this question have stated, to get a reduced sentence on a .23 BAC for medical reasons is in almost every case not going to happen. In the last couple years the law has modified to allow courts help Military Veterans avoid a conviction through a diversion program. Even more recently, as in within the last couple months the San Francisco DA's office has been in favor of a new type of Diversion known as Primary Caregiver Pretrial Diversion. This allows Primary Caregivers to apply for Diversion to avoid a DUI Conviction. We're not talking about a reduction. We're talking about no conviction at all. The hope is that other counties in California will follow San Francisco. If a conviction can be avoided by diversion, we still need to fight the DMV case to try and save your drivers license.
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Law Firm of Aaron Bortel
4040 Civic Center Drive
Suite 200
San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: (415) 247-0700
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours
Notice: Covid-19 update: We are available for Video and Phone calls/conferences 7 days a week. Please feel free to call or leave a message on the website and we will respond ASAP.
Law Firm of Aaron Bortel
650 5th St.
Suite 508
San Francisco , CA 94107
Telephone: (415) 247-0700
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours
Notice: Covid-19 update: We are available for Video and phone conferences 7 days a week. Please feel free to call or leave a message on the website and we will respond ASAP.
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