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5. Will I go to jail?

Minors trash detailThe best Napa DUI attorneys will answer that, in Napa County, in a "standard" first DUI case under 0.15% blood alcohol where there are no other charges or allegations, and no viable legal defenses or other compelling facts, most defendants can anticipate two days of jail, and five years informal probation. Many under-21 Napa DUI cases may resolve with better results (for example an infraction dismissed following diversion-type efforts, or a "wet reckless") and likewise many Napa DUI cases may resolve with higher penalties.

If a jail sentence is ordered, then most first and second DUI offenders in Napa County can avoid serving actual jail time through alternatives such as “volunteer” work through the Sheriff's Department or home confinement. Watch our Napa DUI lawyer Video Short "Am I Going to Jail" for a more detailed conversation about the low likelihood of actual incarceration.

To examine these various jail alternatives where there are no viable defenses or aggravating factors in a case, click on Ten Tips for Easing the Consequences of a DUI on this site and go to jail alternatives. Consult with a local Napa 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, 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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