Arrested in Sonoma County for a DUI?

Here's why you should get help from a Sonoma DUI lawyer to deal with the Sonoma County Courts & DMV

You're about to face the District Attorney, a Judge, and the DMV.

Jake has lived here in Sonoma County for over 20 years, graduated from U.C. Davis, and U.C. Hastings Law School with top honors, and is a former law clerk to a Federal Judge.

He asks you to consider this

DUI is a serious criminal charge with jail, fines, suspended license, weekly DUI school, years of probation, and a criminal record.

The Sonoma County District Attorney who decides whether to charge you with a DUI in Santa Rosa is a Lawyer.

The Assistant Sonoma County District Attorney who argues a DUI case against you in Santa Rosa is a Lawyer. The Sonoma County Judge who would sentence you for a DUI is a Lawyer.

Even Sonoma County law enforcement who arrested you have their own lawyers.

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Sonoma DUI Lawyer New Law Update: Car Breathalyzer if Convicted of DUI

Starting with DUI arrests on or after January 1, 2019, all persons convicted of a DUI in California will be required to install a vehicle breathalyzer, also called an ignition interlock device, or “IID”, in order to avoid a suspension of driving privileges by the DMV (but keep reading, you might be able to opt out). Passed in 2016 and taking effect on January 1, 2019, SB-1046 amends several vehicle code sections to require installing an IID breathalyzer for up to six months for first-time adult DUI offenders who elect to avoid any driving suspension. The IID requirement would be one year for a DUI conviction where a prior offense or injuries are alleged. The new laws authorize but do not require installation of an IID for a “wet reckless” conviction.

Sonoma County courts have had the authority to order IID breathalyzers for many years in DUI cases, and experienced Sonoma DUI lawyers often expect to see IID orders at sentencings in most cases with prior DUI convictions, and even first offense DUI cases with aggravated facts such as higher alcohol levels, collisions, and refusals to provide chemical tests after arrest. In 2012, IID breathalyzer installation was first introduced as an incentive for second and third DUI offenders to regain driving privileges substantially earlier than the DMV had previously allowed. This newest change in DUI sentencing continues the trend of using the IID breathalyzer as an incentive, now promising no “hard” or mandatory suspension of driving privileges at all in most adult, alcohol-related DUI cases with early installation of the device.

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Expunge a Sonoma DUI Conviction

An Expungement of a Past Sonoma County DUI Means You May Legally Check the "No" Box and State That You've Never Been Convicted of the DUI in Most Private Employment Situations.

Good people make mistakes; get the relief you deserve by getting your Sonoma DUI conviction dismissed. An expungement can make a critical difference seeking employment, and may improve your position even if you still have to disclose, with housing, occupational licenses & certifications, college admissions, bank loans, immigration status and many other life advancements.

But the best Santa Rosa DUI lawyers know this: DUI expungement laws have changed and toughened, and different counties have different DUI expungement procedures, and typically there is only one chance to petition a Sonoma County court for this relief from a past DUI conviction.

A smart, quick Sonoma DUI attorney like Jake can fully inform and prepare you, submit the correct DUI expungement forms with the proper language, and give you your best chance at successfully dismissing your case so you can legally not reveal a past DUI conviction.

Read More About the Benefits and Limitations of Sonoma DUI Expungements and Santa Rosa DUI Lawyer Services in: Jake's Expungement Discussion.


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Dave Jake Schwartz is an Honors Graduate from UC Hastings Law School, and UC Davis, former Federal Judicial Clerk, and Nationally Qualified Sobriety Tests Practitioner. Member of the California Bar for 30 years, Sonoma County resident for over 20 years, handles only DUI cases, including thousands of Sonoma County DUIs and DMV hearings: first/multiple offenders, minors, seniors, tourists, undocumented immigrants, veterans, probation violations, suspended license, public intoxication, open container, minor in possession, child endangerment, collisions, hit and run, evading, resisting arrest.

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