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6. Will I go to jail?

Trash detailAlthough DUI convictions nearly always result in jail sentences, the best Sonoma County DUI lawyers will fight hard first to beat a DUI case and avoid any conviction at all, or negotiate a reduction to a Wet Reckless or traffic infractions which typically have no jail sentences.

However, if your case does result in a DUI conviction, then honest Napa DUI lawyers should tell you that most first and second DUI offenders in Napa County can avoid serving actual jail time behind bars by arranging instead for one of several jail alternatives, such as the county sheriff's work crew, or electronic home confinement, or even just simple nonprofit community service in lieu of actual incarceration.

For a more detailed conversation about the low likelihood of actual incarceration in a typical Napa County DUI, see Jake's Video Short "Am I Going to Jail". To examine various jail alternatives where there are no viable defenses to avoid a DUI conviction and jail sentence, and no aggravating factors barring jail alternatives, click on our Napa County DUI Lawyer discussion of "Jail Alternatives" on this site under Ten Tips for Easing the Consequences of a DUI. Of course, the best way to avoid jail in a DUI case is to avoid a DUI conviction; see our Napa DUI Lawyer discussion, Ten Tips on Fighting a DUI Arrest. Consult with a Napa County DUI attorney 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, 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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