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9. Avoid Fear & Stress

Obviously, the best way to avoid the fear and stress of a DUI arrest, is to avoid drinking and driving altogether. However, if you are facing a DUI in Sonoma County, the best Sonoma County DUI lawyers will tell you that a first DUI is not a catastrophe for most people. Honestly, a first DUI typically carries far lighter penalties and consequences in Sonoma County than multiple DUI convictions. A smart, resourceful and compassionate Santa Rosa DUI attorney like Jake can carefully guide a DUI offender through even the toughest cases.

DUI Wall of Fame Even a new DUI arrest with prior convictions is more than often "do-able" in the sense of avoiding actual jail and getting your license back in a reasonable time frame. Following a first or multiple offense DUI arrest, a Santa Rosa DUI lawyer can usually help you avoid jail, and help you through the maze of bureaucratic requirements to get your license back, as well as help arrange fines and and other costs to be paid in very low monthly installments.

Know that you are not alone! According to one study, by age 23, almost one-third of Americans have been arrested for a crime other than a minor traffic violation. Another study says one in three adults have arrest or conviction records. Understand that even if you emerge from a Sonoma County DUI incident with an actual DUI conviction, most likely you will be able to expunge a Sonoma DUI conviction in two to three years, thereafter allowing you to legally omit any reference to it on most applications for private employment (see our Sonoma DUI Lawyer Expungement Discussion on this website).

You may find that your own DUI arrest is not as shocking as many others; click here to see Jake's Wall of Fame and all kinds of famous (and not-so-famous but surprising) people arrested for alleged DUIs. For a further stress break, click here to see that your DUI incident was not nearly as crazy as those who made it onto our DUI Darwin Awards. Finally, click here to see our best little collection of Humorous DUI and Police Videos.

Once you have relaxed a bit, you can click on Ten Tips to Ease the Consequences of a DUI on this site for more details on how to get through this ordeal with the least amount of pain and inconvenience. You will continue to see why hiring a local Sonoma DUI lawyer like Jake can be a tremendous help. This is precisely what local Sonoma County DUI attorneys do best.

In addition, a local Santa Rosa DUI attorney can appear for you in Sonoma County Superior Court or Santa Rosa traffic court and the Santa Rosa DMV so that you don't have to go, waste time, and be embarrassed, confused or stressed. This is true for everyone, including out-of-town tourists and visitors to Sonoma County for whom it would be even more inconvenient to handle yourself. Make no mistake, DUIs can be serious offenses for many people, but the best Sonoma DUI lawyers will get you out of it, or through it, with the least pain and aggravation.

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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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