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Sonoma DDP7. Do I have to take DUI classes again?

In most cases, a Sonoma County DUI attorney will advise that a Sonoma County DUI conviction with a prior DUI offense within ten years of the current offense results in a court order to enroll in, and complete, the Sonoma County DUI Program 18-month multiple offender weekly classes at Orenda Center (they moved from Coddingtown Center) in Santa Rosa, or another qualifying California DUI program. CVC 23542(b)(1).

The best Sonoma DUI lawyers know that as of 2009, even if we can reduce a new multiple offense DUI charge to a "second Wet" reckless charge, the new wet reckless conviction typically still requires at least the extended nine-month DUI program classes if there is a prior DUI or wet reckless conviction with an arrest date within 10 years of the new arrest date. CVC 23103.5(e).

Of course, the best way to avoid the pain of these typically less-than-convenient or intelligent nine-month or 18-month DUI programs would be to avoid a new Sonoma DUI or Wet conviction altogether. 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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