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Firm Overview

I have practiced criminal defense exclusively for the past 18 years. That focus shifted to exclusive DUI defense many years ago.

Example cases

I have had numerous DUI cases Dismissed, regardless of Blood Alcohol Level. I have won numerous DMV hearings resulting in no suspension of license:
- .35 Blood Alcohol Level second offense resulted in dismissal.
- .20 Blood Alcohol level dismissed and won DMV.
- Vehicular Manslaughter case dismissed, .17 DUI resulted in reduced charges and won DMV hearing.

Main Office

Main
650 5th Street
Suite 508
San Francisco  CA  94107

Phone
  • (415) 247-0700
Fax
  • (415) 247-0702

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

It depends on the case. You will know by the end of our free consultation.

Hourly Rates

None.

Office Information

Office Hours

24/7

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

Daily access to Spanish interpreter.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

It is challenging and interesting. Most Criminal Lawyers I know feel more comfortable in a Murder case than a DUI trial. Lots of science involved.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

It's everyone's right to represent themselves. I give free consultations every day by phone and in person which can help the education process. It is important to know as much as possible before deciding what to do with your case. You want an experienced DUI attorney to handle your DUI case, but the more you understand the process, the easier it is to make decisions.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I do it all the time.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

All my time is spent on defending my clients. I will always give a free DUI consultation.

Aaron Bortel

Aaron R. Bortel

I have been self-employed since 1992.

I attend a lot of Continuing Legal Education seminars for DUI to gain experience and stay fired up for the battle we face every day. In DUI defense, the cards are not only stacked against us, but the deck is marked. California is one of the toughest states when it comes to fighting DUI's and spending time with others who fight the same fight is important. I have met most of the top DUI lawyers in the Country at Seminars in many states. To be the best you need to learn from the best. Being a member of the National College for DUI Defense and the California DUI Lawyers Association provides full time on line access to two of the best groups of DUI attorneys in the world.

Understanding evidence and negotiating strong plea bargains when the case is not going to trial. Communicating with clients and helping them make the right choices. Understanding the scientific instruments used and their weaknesses. If I don't have an immediate answer having the resources to find it. I can almost instantly contact the best DUI attorneys and Forensic Toxicologists all over the Country. Attorneys who practice general criminal defense in the Bay Area call me all the time for questions on DUI law.

Everyone likes me: Judges, District Attorneys, Juries, Clerks, DMV. In this business it goes a long way. When the situation calls for it, very aggressive. Client comes first, always. The DUI laws have been changes quite a bit in the last few years. I have educated many prosecutors and judges on these changes. Many prosecutors know I will not accept unfair plea bargains that I see other attorneys take on a daily basis.

Personal interests:

Family and sports. Coaching baseball, soccer and attending or participating in all sports.

License
  • Bar Number: 160288
    California , 1992
Education
  • Golden Gate University
    J.D. , 1992
    San Francisco, CA
  • University of California
    B.A. , 1988
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Majored in Law and Society.

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