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8. Must I return to Sonoma County for jail?

probation orderThe best Sonoma DUI attorneys should explain that 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. See Jake's Video Short "Am I Going to Jail".

In appropriate cases (no seriously aggravating factors alleged during the incident), a Santa Rosa lawyer may avoid a jail sentence altogether, or request that proof of legitimate community service or home confinement in another California county (or if you live outside California then in your home state) be permitted to satisfy any jail sentence, or we may inquire into other jail alternatives in your county or home state to avoid the necessity of your traveling back to Sonoma County to serve a jail sentence.

Many second and third offenders may qualify for Sonoma County's new "DUI court" designed to focus on treatment rather than incarceration, however any election to participate in this multiple offender program would require physical presence and residency in Sonoma County. If you are not a California resident, then trying to avoiding jail in Sonoma County may be the best reason to hire a private Santa Rosa DUI attorney. If you are a California resident, then click on Ten Tips For Easing the Consequences of a DUI on this site to examine these various jail alternatives where there are no viable defenses or aggravating factors in a case. 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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