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This Informational Guide is brought to you by the
authors of California Drunk Driving Law, a two-volume treatise referred
commonly to by lawyers as "the Bible of DUI Defense in California."
Informational Guide to the Prosecution, Defense and Sentencing
Practices in the Superior Court of Sonoma County, California -
by California Drunk
Driving Law Author and DUI
Paul Burglin (415) 729-7300
Driving Defense Specialist serving: Annapolis – Bodega –
Bodega Bay – Boyes Hot Springs – Camp Meeker – Cazadero – Cloverdale –
Cotati – Duncans Mills – El Verano – Eldridge – Forestville – Freestone
– Fulton – Geyserville – Glen Ellen – Graton – Gualala – Guerneville –
Healdsburg – Jenner – Kenwood – Monte Rio – Occidental – Penngrove –
Petaluma – Rio Nido – Rohnert Park – Santa Rosa – Sebastopol – Sheridan
– Sonoma – Stewarts Point – The Sea Ranch – Valley Ford – Villa Grande
– Vineburg – Windsor
County is getting tougher with those arrested on suspicion of driving
under the influence. It continues to utilize federal grant money for
special DUI patrols and its judges just approved higher bail schedules
for those booked into jail on alleged violations of Vehicle Code
sections 23152(a) and 23152(b). For those who get released without
posting the full bail amount (sometimes due to overcrowding),
additional conditions of release frequently include alcohol monitoring
and travel restrictions.
District Attorney’s Office in Sonoma County is known for filing DUI
charges even where breath or blood-alcohol test results are below
the .08 percent or higher per se limit. Because persons may be deemed
too impaired to safely operate a motor vehicle even after just a few
drinks, it is deemed legal and ethical for a prosecutor to exercise
this discretion. However, the discretion to file criminal charges does
not necessarily equate to the reasonable likelihood of obtaining a
conviction.Thus, Sonoma County prosecutors can sometimes be persuaded
to reduce a drunk driving charge to a lesser offense such as reckless
The best chance of beating a DUI charge in Sonoma County---or at least getting a reduced offer on it---is to retain an attorney Board-Certified in DUI Defense who
regularly handles cases in the Santa Rosa courthouse. Such an attorney
will not only be able to spot potential defenses, but will also know
how to minimize license suspensions and other penalties (including
Out-of-state drivers can avoid having to return to
the jurisdiction for court appearances if they retain legal counsel,
and a lawyer knowledgeable with interstate ramifications can be of
invaluable assistance in mitigating home state licensing problems.
defense has become increasingly technical over the years, and you want
a lawyer who is current on the most recent developments in this field.
Feel free to review the contents of this entire website for further
information about DUI prosecution and defense in Sonoma County.
You may wish to order a copy of California Drunk Driving Law , a two-volume treatise co-authored by two of California's most preeminent DUI defense lawyers.
If you need help with your Sonoma DUI arrest call Board-Certified DUI defense attorney Paul Burglin today at (415) 729-7300.
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- Information about Driver Safety Administrative Hearings
fines, fees, and assessments that may arise from a drunk driving
conviction include vehicle towing and storage; booking, fingerprinting
and photo; driver’s license reinstatement; car insurance increase;
community service fee; DUI victims’ fund; alcohol abuse education fund;
DUI classes; DUI victim’s impact sessions; and time payment charges.