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5. Will I go to jail?

The best Sonoma DUI lawyers will answer that, in Sonoma County, in a "standard" first DUI case under 0.15% blood alcohol where there are no other charges or allegations, and no viable legal defenses or other compelling facts, most defendants can anticipate two days of jail, and three years informal probation. Many under-21 Sonoma DUI cases may resolve with better results (for example an infraction dismissed following diversion-type efforts, or a "wet reckless") and likewise many Sonoma DUI cases may resolve with higher penalties.

If a jail sentence is ordered, then most first and second DUI offenders in Sonoma County can avoid serving actual jail time through alternatives such as volunteer work release or home confinement. Many second and third offenders may qualify for Sonoma County's new "DUI court" designed to focus on treatment rather than incarceration. Watch our Sonoma DUI lawyer Video Short "Am I Going to Jail" for a more detailed conversation about the low likelihood of actual incarceration.

To examine these various jail alternatives where there are no viable defenses or aggravating factors in a case, click on Ten Tips for Easing the Consequences of a DUI on this site and go to "Jail Alternatives." Consult with a Santa Rosa DUI lawyer about your specific case.

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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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