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Paul Richard Burglin

DUI and DWI Attorney at San Rafael, CA

5.0   19 reviews

Licensed for 37 years

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HAVE YOU BEEN CHARGED WITH DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE? I HANDLE BAY AREA DUI AND DMV MATTERS. CALL (415) 488-8731

I am Board-Certified by the National College for DUI Defense (as approved by the American Bar Association) and have over 30 years of experience defending professionals and others charged with DUI.  I handle cases throughout the Bay Area as well as Placer and Eldorado Counties (Lake Tahoe).  I co-author the two-volume treatise, "California Drunk Driving Law," and serve as a Regent with the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD).  I am the Editor-in-Chief of the NCDD Journal.

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Licensed for 37 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1985
Updated 12/01/2022

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BURGLIN LAW OFFICES, P.C.
999 Fifth Avenue, Suite 350
San Rafael, CA, 94901
BURGLIN LAW OFFICES, P.C.
6232 Broadway Terrace
Oakland, CA, 94618
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Client's Choice 2012
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Paul received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2012
Posted by John | July 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Honest help when you need it most
Mr. Burglin helped me when I needed it most. He was fair and honest and told me what I needed to hear not what I wanted to hear. He is the most dedicated attorney you can find when you really need help. He told me that my judgement would be better if I quit drinking and boy was he right. Not only did he help me resolve my DUI case, which by the way I was convicted because I should have been, but because I listened to him I lost 100 lbs. since my arrest 4 years ago. I not only owe him for resolving my case but I owe him for more than that because I probably added twenty years on to my life!!
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2015
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Don't Listen to Anyone But THIS GUY!
Seriously, I researched so many DUI lawyers and no one can help you like Paul can. It's been a year since mine and I am SO grateful I found him. I guarantee you will not find a better lawyer and whoever tells you that you don't need one is ignorant. I didn't get away with mine but I got the best possible outcome.
Posted by Sebastian | February 11, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
You get what you pay for.
Mr. Burglin was very experienced, helpful, and honest. It is nearly impossible to get a DUI charge dismissed in Marin county, but he was able to do so for me. He was the light in my life during a time of darkness and I will always remember his kind words.
Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2022
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Amazing lawyer and a man of honor
Paul is simply spectacular. When I was arrested for a DUI, I was in an extremely panicked state and I contacted his office. He returned my call within an hour. His straight-forward, no BS demeanor immediately put me at ease. He is in the field for all the right reasons — he is a man of honor and integrity, and genuinely wants to help. His credentials speak for themselves — he’s probably a top 5 DUI lawyer in the state of California. Hire him and don’t second guess yourself, he will fight for you and be on your side.
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Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2015
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Great experience
Decades with a spotless driving record ruined by one bad decision to get behind the wheel when I shouldn't have. Luckily, no one was hurt. Being driven away in handcuffs with my car being towed was enough to convince me that there is no way I would ever let this happen again. Lesson learned! And fortunately, I found Paul Burglin to help me weather the months of turmoil with the legal system and the DMV that ensued. Paul's encyclopedic knowledge (literally - he co-wrote the textbook!), and his familiarity with the local systems and people assured that I got the fairest possible sentence. Not only is Paul a consummate professional, he is also compassionate and understanding, and his kind words helped ease the trauma of a difficult process. On top of all that, he provided referrals to other knowledgable and caring professionals who provided outstanding advice on insurance and other aspects of this confusing and stressful process. I can't imagine having a better person beside me in this situation than Paul Burglin. Thank you Paul!
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2015
professional, kind, precise and timely
Paul was very helpful in guiding me through the most arduous and confusing DUI process, with both the court system & the DMV. His professionalism and kind precise way, granted me the chance to have this mindful burden made a bit lighter. Not only did he get my license restriction minimized, he also requested a smooth transition for me to retain my driver's license almost immediately and have my record expunged, after my 3 year probation period ended. My birthday was just last week and it could not come at a better time. it's a new year, new year of life, new lessons learned (leaving an important chapter behind..;) and I am expunged thanks to Paul. I feel so very grateful and would recommend Paul highly in alleviating the stress of muddling through this very difficult and complicated experience.
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2015
Positive Results!!!
Paul possesses deep knowledge of his specialty area within the industry. He guided me through a complex process in which both legal and DMV issues needed resolution - and we were successful on all fronts! This was partly due to Paul's strong connections/contacts and relationships across all relevant agencies and especially, with the district attorney's office. I highly recommend Paul Burglin as an expert in his field, who gets results!
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Posted by RR | February 13, 2014
Recommend for north bay people looking for a DUI lawyer
I was pulled over for not having a front license plate by the CHP and they smelled alcohol on me. I was arrested for a DUI based on the breathylizer results showing just at .08. This occured at a small town so cops there tend to look for stuff to pull you over such as no front license plate. A week later I hired Paul Burglin who showed the CHP didn't follow the protocol of processing me. A few months later in court I was able to get it down to reckless driving. This incident was the only time I had been in trouble with the law prior (or since). I would recommend him for anyone looking for a DUI attorney in the north bay area.
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Posted by Bill | March 13, 2013
Extremely Professional. Paul will go the extra mile for you.
I hired Paul to help with my son's DUI after an accident. It was a very serious case involving a felony with injury. After reasonable adjustments, he managed to get it reduced to a misdemeanor and saved my son's career as a result. I can't say enough good things about Paul's professionalism. I highly recommend!
Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2012
This man saved me from going to prison...twice...and helped me get sober.
I was arrested for a DUI when I hit a woman in a crosswalk, in the dark, in the rain, going about 5 mph. I was drunk and so was she. She had ran out in front of me as I was making a turn and I didn't see her until it was too late. I was arrested and had a .16 bac when tested. I was referred to Mr. Burglin by a friend of mine who is also a lawyer. This was after my first lawyer informed me that I would probably be doing some prison time. It was my first DUI. Throughout the court proceedings Mr. Burglin kept me informed about everything that went on. While he is sometimes hard to reach on the telephone, his emails are VERY prompt and if you get his cell number, he is is fast with the text messaging too. The person I hit lied to the courts throughout the process on many instances in an effort to get as much money from the accident as possible. I was outraged. He told me it didn't make any difference in my case and to remain calm in court. At first the courts wanted me to serve a six year prison sentence, then it went down to two years, and eventually he worked out a deal where I served four months of a six month jail sentence and was allowed to do a work furlough program so I was able to save my job and business. I almost lost everything. Part of what helped soften the sentence was his recommendation that I voluntarily wear an alcohol monitoring ankle bracelet for the time I was making court appearances to show the courts that I was taking the matter seriously. After my conviction, the head of probation said she thought I got an incredible deal for my offense and should feel very fortunate. She said I was the only person they had ever heard of wearing a monitoring bracelet without being ordered by the court. It wasn't cheap (about $500 a month), but in the end was worth every penny and helped my cause. I wore it for nine months. He said it was the only way to PROVE to the court that I was not drinking a drop. After my sentence was served I had a misunderstanding of my terms of probation. I thought I could still legally drink alcohol, but not to intoxication. I don't know where I came up with that one, but I was naive and basically stupid. This was ridiculous thinking after such a major conviction. One thing led to another and my drinking picked back up, not to previous consumption levels, so I had a lower tolerance and more severe drunks. About 7 months after I got out of jail, I wound up drunk and passed out on the side of a street, the cops found me and arrested me, and I had a violation of felony probation on my hands. I was incarcerated and once again hired Mr. Burglin. The DA wanted me to do some serious time and have by business license revoked. Mr. Burglin convinced the courts that I didn't need to do time, but needed help because of my alcoholism. He was able to get me released from jail into a 28 day rehab program and in the end was able to save my business once again. Furthermore, the violation of probation was dismissed and my probation was reinstated. After the last court appearances he stayed in touch with me, gave me AA attendance forms to have signed for probation, and checked in occasionally on my well being, encouraging me to get into AA and pursue a sober lifestyle. He was genuinely caring and helpful in getting me on the road to recovery. I have been sober since my second arrest and have no plans to drink in the future. I attend AA meetings, and while not required to anymore, I still get my form signed and give it to probation. Without the help of Mr. Burglin I would probably still be in jail or prison and have lost everything. He is a good dude and did everything he could to help me out. I would highly recommend his services if you are in some deep trouble. I know he has worked miracles for many others who have been in deep crap and has a way of massaging the system if you are willing to take his suggestions and advice on helping you help yourself.
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Posted by Barry | March 30, 2012
The BEST DUI Attorney
I am writing this review with regards to my wife's first DUI with injury case. Needless to say we were very intimidated by these charges and how we were treated by the police and courts. After contacting Paul Burglin, we were immediately put at ease and assured that he was experienced in this type of charge. He was able to contact the courts and handle matters in a very professional and timely fashion while diminishing the impact of the legal and financial responsiblities. On a more personal level, he was always available and always had answers to our questions. The charges were reduced and we were extremely pleased with his services. I would recommend him highly to family and all friends. He is extremely professional and excellent in the courtroom
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Posted by JR | March 29, 2012
A life-saver !!!!!!
I Hold a Commercial drivers license , the stakes were high and I had everything to lose . Mr. Burglin treated me with respect and kept me in the loop . I felt confident with him handling my case . He was able to get my charges reduced !!! I was able to keep my license and my job . He is the GREATEST ...
Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2011
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I was charged with a DUI that involved a crash and injury to two other parties, which meant that I was facing a wide spectrum of possible outcomes, including potential prison or jail time. It was in Napa County, which everyone told me was the toughest place to get a DUI. However, it was clear from the very start that Paul Burglin was familiar with the court and its players. He had spectacular timing, knowing when to play which cards. His litigation skills and extensive knowledge of the law was pivotal to getting the charge reduced to a misdemeanor and keeping me out of jail. In addition, Mr. Burglin was completely reachable and responsive, and treated me with the utmost respect and consideration, helping me get through this ordeal. I am so extremely grateful to Mr. Burglin, and would therefore highly recommend him.
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Posted by Nathan | June 17, 2010
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I was charged with my second DUI in 10 years, and was facing a possible 18 months in prison and losing my license for many years. I felt my arrest was unfair, and I was honestly scared of the potential outcome, so I knew I had to hire the best attorney I could find. Paul called me up and honestly told the potentials of the case, and his professionalism and knowledge put a little bit at ease. And a month later, he called to tell me he won the DMV part of my trial! Two months later, he had the prosecutions attorney agree to a dry and reckless! Paul Burglin ended this nightmare of a situation, and I am truly indebted to him.
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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2010
Paul Burglin - Attorney
I highly recommend Paul Burglin. I had just relocated from the east coast and had not a clue of the severity or the repercussions of getting a DUI in Marin County. Paul assisted with all aspects of my case from start to finish with his comprehensive knowledge and highest level of professionalism. His trial preparation and litigation skills superseded the prosecution and it was clearly obvious to the entire courtroom that this is his expertise. Also there is a human characteristic to Paul that makes him one of the best. He treats his clients with the utmost respect at a time when they can hardly withstand the stress of the situation they have found themselves in. He is in his profession for all the right reasons and you will not be disappointed in his services.
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Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2009
great lawyer
I was blown away by Mr. Burglin's questioning of the cop. He made him look like a deer in the head lights. I was found not guilty of everything and got my license back.
Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2009
DUI
I can't say enough about Paul Burglin. He is brilliant, sharp, creative, personable, and professional. He worked extremely hard on my behalf and also by doing behind-the-scenes research. I had total confidence in his ability and was very lucky that I came accross him. (I found him on the internet). I was completely acquitted on charges for a third DUI. He was amazing to watch in the court room, never missing a beat with his keen attention to detail. I would not have trusted anyone else to represent me. I am so utterly grateful to Mr. Burglin. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs a DUI attorney. He literally saved me thousands of dollars and a lot of time as I was looking at fines, expensive DUI school, loss of license and a jail sentence. He was worth every penny because you can't put a price on your freedom. J.A.
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Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2007
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Well prepared, extremely informed, reliable and logical.
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2007
Paul's the Best!
Paul Burglin has represented me in several criminal cases, two of which went through to jury verdicts, and we won every time. Paul is a highly experienced trial lawyer and best person I could ever imagine to have on your side when the power of the state is being brought to bear and the odds seems stacked against you. Paul knows the law and the rules of evidence inside-out. Most cases are won or lost during the pretrial motions phase, and Paul's preparation and arguments produced the desired results in my cases - a frustrated prosecutor with his/her hands tied at trial. At trial, Paul is a zealous advocate, but he always maintains a level head. From voir dire to closing argument, Paul is one cool cookie. Most of all, Paul is honest, forthright and absolutely trustworthy. If you're unfortunate enough to need a Top Gun criminal attorney, you just can't do any better than Paul Burglin.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • CEO/President
  • BURGLIN LAW OFFICES, P.C.
  • 1985 - Present

Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • 1984
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • 1980

Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Regent
  • 2008 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Marin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Marin County Bar Association
  • Chairman
  • 2004 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Board Certification in DUI Defense
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2007
  • A-V Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
  • Certificate of Achievement - Borkenstein Course
  • Indiana University
  • 1998
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Publications

  • NCDD Journal
  • Case Law Updates & Analysis
  • 2015
  • The Champion magazine
  • Mitigating The Monster
  • 2014
  • California Drunk Driving Law - James Publishing
  • Book
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Las Vegas
  • Mitigating The Monster
  • 2014
  • NCDD Winter Session 2010
  • Culturing Trial Pearls In Rough Seas
  • 2010
  • DUI Defense Practice Institute
  • Winning Over A Jury In A DUI Case
  • 2010
  • New DUI Laws & Strategies 2009
  • New DUI Laws and Defense Strategies
  • 2009
  • CDLA Annual Seminar
  • Case Law and Statutory Update
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (21)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Burglin is a fantastic attorney. His knowledge of the law and his ability to explain it in a way that people can understand is excellent. He is always prepared, helpful and diligent. He has been a great mentor to me thoughout my career. I would 100% recommend him to represent you."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Paul burglin author of the two book treatise "California drunk driving law". A scholar. teacher, mentor to many of us. Not just any DUI lawyer but a " certified Specialist " who has an enviable track record defending DUI clients. KUDOS"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul literally wrote the "bible" on dui law for lawyers. He is one if not THEE most knowledgeable and well known dui attorneys in the State of California and USA. I have been a DUI lawyer 42 years and I aspire to be as close a second to Paul as possible."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"No one can plausibly claim Paul is anything less than outstanding."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Encyclopedic knowledge of the DUI laws (Paul literally wrote the book) coupled with good judgement."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Burglin is simply an exceptional attorney who I would recommend to everyone and anyone. I am a former judge, former magistrate, former prosecutor, and an attorney with 24 years of experience. I still learn from his answers on Avvo on a daily basis and I am constantly impressed."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul Burglin is a DUI Attorney phenom. If you have a DUI and you "really" want to fight it and have the best defense on your side, contact Mr. Burglin. If you are lucky, he will take your case."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Paul is simply the best for DUI representation. I would not hesitate to refer a client to him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul Burglin truly understands DUI law but his ability to make complex concepts and arguments in a way that is superbly reasoned and truly compelling to both judges and jurors alike, really makes the difference for his clients. His expertise really makes him 'the lawyer's lawyer', but he possesses an innate understanding of the intangible things you cannot learn from a book, but come to think of it, he's basically written 'the book'."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"He is truly one of the all time top DUI attorneys in California and the entire country. I have referred people to Paul and they couldn't praise his work more. He is a gifted scholar and above all a truly dedicated fighter for his clients. You can't possibly do better than to hire Paul."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul Burglin is a cool man. Nothing but class. We ate lunch together last week at the Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI Cases Seminar. Also ate dinner with him in Boston at the DUI Harvard Summer Session where we ate with a group and Roger Dodd, (the Cross-Examination King). Mr. Burglin seemed like that was normal. He is just cool; and he is such an insightful guy. He shows me DUI Defense things from different perspectives. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am glad to endorse Paul Burglin. He is known for being extremely hard working and very tough on his opponents. That's what you're looking for when you've been accused of an offense while driving. I would refer anyone in need of an amazing DUI Defense attorney in California to Paul with no reservations."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know and look up to Attorney Burglin. He has earned a national reputation for effectively representing motorists accused of a crime. He has the necessary reputation, knowledge and experience to eliminate or minimize the consequences of the government's accusation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I recently attended the NCDD Summer Seminar with Attorney Burglin. He is a Regent of the National College of DUI Defense and powerful advocate for his clients. I consider him a mentor and friend."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Burglin's work has changed the DUI and DMV laws and enforcement policies, making them more consistent with the U.S. Constitution."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Paul is a well seasoned DUI attorney who is respected by the local bar."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow member of the National College of DUI Defense, I can attest to Paul's attention to detail, dedication to a zealous defense and quality legal representation. The NCDD is a highly regarded professional organization. . .as is Paul."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Paul is generous contributor to attorney's in the field of DUI Defense. Not just a contributor, his advice is sought out by attorneys due to his wealth of knowledge."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the honor of being critiqued by Mr. Burglin at a National College for DUI Defense seminar trial technique session. I was impressed with his knowledge of DUI law as well as his professional demeanor. Paul is certainly recognized a one of the top DUI lawyers in the country, and should be at the top of your list if you are charged with a difficult DUI situation in California."
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San Rafael DUI and DWI Lawyer Paul Richard Burglin
Paul Richard Burglin
DUI and DWI Attorney
San Rafael, CA
Licensed for 37 years
Virtual consultation available