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6. How much are the fines?

court accounting officeKnowledgeable local Santa Rosa DUI lawyers should tell you that a typical misdemeanor DUI fine in Sonoma County is approximately $2400. However, if the case is reduced or dismissed, the fine exposure may drop sharply; for example, a typical "Wet Reckless" reduction is usually around one-third of the fine in a regular Sonoma DUI case, or around $850. A typical minor zero-tolerance infraction DUI case would result in an even smaller fine.

If the case cannot be reduced or dismissed, then in order to ensure that a DUI does not cause an immediate and substantial financial burden on the defendant, the best Sonoma DUI attorneys always obtain affordable monthly payments, as little as $50, per month for our DUI clients if paying the full fine at once, or in the first 90 days, would constitute a hardship on you or your family. Of course the best way to avoid DUI court fines is to avoid a DUI conviction by beating the DUI charges outright. Consult with a Sonoma County DUI lawyer about your specific case.


Any result portrayed was dependent on the facts of that case, and the results will differ if based on different facts.

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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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