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Anatomy of a DUI

"After a DUI arrest, a lot of anxiety comes from not knowing what's going to happen, and what you should do next. So to help, here's a flow chart showing where you are, and where you're headed"

-Jake, Napa County DUI Lawyer

Anatomy of a Napa DUI

Anatomy Flowchart of Napa DUI

Click image above to view or download Jake's Anatomy of a Napa County DUI

The DUI Anatomy Flowchart

For those people who don’t want to read a lot of text but would rather see a diagram explanation of the entire Napa County DUI process, Jake searched the internet for a diagram which can show how it all starts, where a person arrested for DUI is in the process, and what can happen next.

He didn’t find anything adequate and decided to write his own flowchart depicting all kinds of directions which a DUI case may take, from police stop and DUI arrest to Napa court appearances, and from the pink temporary license, to DMV hearing, to driving again.

Where to Begin?

To start understanding what you're facing in your situation, begin with this Anatomy of a DUI flowchart.

Next, look at our Napa DUI Lawyer Top 10 Questions from Everyone (and afterwards, if applicable, read the Top Questions from Non-Residents, or Minors/Parents, or Multiple Offenders).

Next, read our Napa DUI Lawyer 10 Tips for the First 48 Hours After Arrest. Jake's remaining DUI lawyer Tips articles on this website about "Fighting Your DUI Case," "Easing the Consequences of a DUI," and "Getting Your License Back," as well as the large DUI "Resources" sections, which will become useful in the later stages of a typical Napa DUI case, as you can see shown on the DUI Anatomy flowchart.

All of these information links can always easily be found at the top of each page of this Napa County DUI attorney website.

Arrests Prior to January 1, 2019

Our 2020 Anatomy of a Napa DUI flowchart is an updated discussion of issues related to DUI arrests (arrest date, not conviction date) occuring on or after January 1, 2019. For a discussinon of issues related to Napa DUI arrests prior to 2019, click on this Pre-2019 Anatomy of a Napa DUI.

Select the image (left) to see a typical 2019 Napa DUI arrest from start to finish, including various outcomes depending on a variety of situations and developments, drafted by a good, experienced, local Napa County DUI lawyer.


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

Our DUI Lawyers

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, Wine Country resident for over 20 years, handles only DUI cases, including thousands of North Bay 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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