Your Solano County DUI lawyer should inform you that there are multiple obligations imposed at sentencing in Solano County, such as fines, DUI classes, jail, etc. Although the court and even your Solano DUI lawyer may detail the consequences of a DUI sentence prior, during and subsequent to a sentencing, nevertheless you are best served by reading your Solano County Superior Court papers immediately, asking questions, and confirming your understandings. Inadvertent errors do happen, therefore your own independent understanding and diligence is critical to preventing confusion, mistakes or omissions, and possibly serious consequences affecting your legal position and your personal liberty. This is one of the most important reasons to have a Fairfield, Vallejo or Vacaville DUI attorney helping you, so that you fully understand the conditions which were imposed on you, and the consequences and benefits of unsuccessful or successful completion of probation.
In Solano County, at the time of sentencing, you or your Fairfield, Vallejo or Vacaville DUI lawyer will receive a "minute order" from the court showing every item recorded by the Fairfield or Vallejo courtroom clerk, including the court's specific sentencing orders (usually these are part of the court's probation order) regarding jail, fines, drinking driver DUI Program classes, dates, durations, even special orders for multiple offenders such as staying out of bars and abstaining from alcohol possession/use, waiver of search and seizure rights, and installation of an ignition interlock device, etc. Any such orders typically last the entire term of probation unless otherwise stated in the orders. A good Solano County DUI lawyer will advise you to permanently keep the original orders (pictured, right) with your important papers. Click here to see a typical Solano County probation order: Typical First DUI Minutes/Sentencing Order, or here for the older 2015 example, or here for the older 2012 example, or here for the older 2011 example, or here for the older 2008 example. Click here to see the reverse (page 3) of the minute orders, which includes additional orders and key information such as phone numbers, addresses and times for certain obligations. Click here to see a typical probation order for a DUI Reduced to a Wet Reckless, or here for the older 2015 Wet example, or here for the older 2013 Wet example, or here for the older 2012 Wet example.
For other north bay counties, click here to see a typical first DUI Marin County Probation Order, or here for the older 2014 example, and here to see a first DUI Napa County Probation Order, or here for the older 2014 example, and here for a first DUI Mendocino County Probation Order, or here for the older 2014 example.
Solano County DUI lawyers know that mostly all Solano County DUI convictions result in this informal court probation (called a "conditional sentence") described above, which does not require monthly reports or any restriction on your travel. Simply put, your DUI resolution in court is conditioned upon you satisfying all affirmative obligations, and having no adverse police contact during this period or else you will risk further punishment in this case (in addition to the new trouble, of course). The standard probation period in Solano County is 18 to 24 months for a wet reckless, three years for a typical first or second DUI, and five years for a DUI with two or more priors. High blood alcohol levels, refusals, hit and run accidents, or other aggravating allegations may affect the length of a probation term.
Jail (or jail alternatives), fines, and DUI program enrollment and completion, are a key part of this informal probation, and any decent Solano County DUI attorney will explain to you that failure to follow through on these obligations will likely result in a new charge of violating probation (including warrants, new Fairfield or Vallejo court appearances, and complications expunging this case later). In addition to these sentencing requirements, Solano County court probation typically includes a catch-all condition of sentence that you be of good conduct and obey all laws, do not drive unless validly licensed and insured, and do not drive with any measurable alcohol or intoxicating substances in your body (as compared to before conviction when you could theoretically have up to .08% alcohol level). New penalty provisions regarding driving with measurable alcohol are discussed below. In addition, although Fairfield, Vallejo or Vacaville DUI lawyers may succeed in avoiding burdensome conditions of probation, still, informal probationers with more serious penalties imposed might ultimately waive search and seizure defenses during this period and agree to submit to chemical testing pursuant to a lawful order by a Solano County peace officer; these waivers and agreements typically will not become relevant unless there is adverse police contact.
Normally all of these and other probation conditions will be included on your Solano County court minutes/sentencing order (click on the examples, above). If your case included a relatively high blood alcohol concentration (over .15%) or this is your second or higher DUI, then your Solano County DUI lawyer should explain to you that you may be subject to further probation conditions, such as refraining from alcohol possession and use (and waiver of search and seizure rights to enforce no-possession orders), and staying out of places where alcohol is the primary item for sale, installation of an ignition interlock device in any vehicle you own or operate, etc. Click here to see a typical Solano County Second DUI Probation Order, or older 2014 example, or older 2012 example, and here for a Solano Second DUI with Aggravating Factors (higher alcohol levels, recent prior offense or violation of probation on prior DUI, collision, hit and run, old prior outside ten years, resisting arrest, refusal to give breath/blood test, kids in the car, suspended license, etc.), or older 2014 example, or older 2012 example, or here for a Second DUI Reduced to Wet Reckless resolution (much lower alcohol numbers and a distant prior offense).
The best Solano DUI lawyers should be able to explain that counties vary in sentencing practices. For a comparison of the above sentencing approaches in Solano County with other North Bay Counties, click here to see a typical Napa Second DUI Probation Order, or older 2014 example, and here for a typical Napa Second DUI with Aggravating Factors, or older 2014 example, and here for a typical Mendocino Second DUI Probation Order.
From December, 2009, to July, 2012, multiple DUI offenders were referred to a "DUI Compliance Court" (see further discussion below). If you were sentenced during this time, then your Solano County DUI attorney should have given you a copy of your Compliance Court Probation Order, including obligations to perform and further court dates in Fairfield or Vallejo following sentencing. Click here to see an example of a Second DUI Probation & Compliance Court Orders. A good Fairfield, Vallejo or Vacaville DUI lawyer will explain each of these obligations and try to lessen the impact of certain tasks. For example, if you were sentenced under this scheme but you are fully in compliance, you may not be required to continue attending if your Request for Waiver of Appearance is approved.View Larger Map
Third DUI sentencing and probation terms vary widely depending on individual circumstances, but click here to see an example of a Solano County Third DUI Probation Order where home confinement was authorized in Fairfield or Vallejo, followed by a period of time on an alcohol detection anklet. Such convictions typically include a designation as a Habitual Traffic Offender pursuant to Penal Code 193.7 and Vehicle Code 14601.3. Convictions involving drug use or possession often include probation terms requiring periodic random drug testing in addition to the terms described above.
Understand that probation orders and sentencing components are highly discretionary with the judge in any criminal matter, and are normally tailored to specific aggravating and mitigating factors in each unique case. If you wish to see applicable laws containing the range of Solano DUI sentencing options and consequences, you may ask a Fairfield, Vallejo or Vacaville DUI attorney, or click on Resources on this site and then under "Self Help" click on the California Vehicle Code. Most of the Solano County Superior Court's mandatory and discretionary DUI sentencing components are contained in California Vehicle Code Sections 23536-23552, 23554-23568, 23572, 23575-23582, 23592-23596, 23598, and 23600-23602.
The general probation requirements for a first offense DUI are contained in Vehicle Code Section 23538, including jail sentencing, fines, and DUI program classes. Second DUI offense conditions are contained in section 23542, and third offense conditions are contained in section 23548.
The best Fairfield, Vallejo or Vacaville DUI lawyers will explain that sentencing enhancements, relating to certain aggravating factual allegations related to the DUI incident, are contained in later vehicle code sections, such as the "minor passenger enhancement" (23572(a), mandating an additional 2-30 days jail, depending on the number of prior DUI convictions) when a minor passenger under the age of 14 years old was in the vehicle; the ".15 enhancement" (23578, allowing extra jail, possible longer six-month DUI program classes, possible ignition interlock device per 23575(a)(1)) when the driver refused a chemical test or his/her blood alcohol concentration was .15% or higher; the ".20 enhancement" (23538(b)(2), allowing extra jail and mandating the longer nine-month DUI program classes) when the driver refused a chemical test or his/her blood alcohol concentration was .20% or higher; and the "speeding enhancement" (23582, mandating an additional 60 days jail) when the driver drove recklessly and 30 mph over the posted speed limit on a freeway, or 20 mph on other roads. An important reason to hire a local Solano County DUI lawyer is to enlist valuable practical experience and guidance in order to negotiate away the most burdensome of these added penalties.
Vehicle impoundment penalties are discussed in section 23592. DMV suspensions related to DUIs are described in Vehicle Code sections 13352-13353. Solano DUI attorneys also see additional penalties imposed as a result of other allegations commonly associated with DUIs, some of which may be found in Vehicle Code sections 2800.1 (evading the police), 20002 (hit and run), and 23153 (DUI with injuries).
Good Solano DUI attorneys will explain to you that it is absolutely critical that you refrain from driving with any alcohol (courts often add "or other intoxicating substances" to probation terms) in your body at all during your probationary period. Vehicle Code Section 23600(b)(2),(d). Beginning January 1, 2009, it is unlawful in California for a person who is on probation for a DUI (not wet reckless) to operate a motor vehicle at any time with a blood-alcohol concentration of .01 or greater as shown on any preliminary breath machine or actual breath or blood test. If you are found guilty of this act in Solano County then your driver license likely will be suspended for a minimum one year (refusals may be even longer), usually with no possibility of any hardship or restricted "work" license. (CVC 13389, 23154, 13353.1, 13353.2, 13353.3). Click here to see an example of such a DMV Probation Violation Suspension Order.
Good Solano County DUI lawyers will explain to you that in February, 2008, Solano County implemented an intensive, treatment-oriented program, modeled after Solano County's Drug Court, which effectively delays serving a jail sentence, and upon successful completion contemplates home confinement to satisfy any minimum jail sentence and early termination of your time on probation. The program is a collaboration of the Court, Probation Department, Health Services, the Public Defender's office, the District Attorney's office and local law enforcement.
Solano DUI Court is only available for Solano arrests, only for Solano County residents and only for non-felony cases, with no prior serious felonies and no current parole, and only after any sentence related to any probation violation is completed. Most participants are third offenders.
Solano DUI court is a post-plea interim resolution which would typically only be appropriate for eligible multiple offenders after thorough analysis of your present case with a Solano County DUI lawyer if you determine that either there are no viable defenses and the requested jail sentence is unacceptable to you because of job and/or family, or you wish to address the adverse effects of alcohol in your life.
Program Details. If you are willing to acknowledge a substance abuse problem and wish to take advantage of this intensive three-phase Solano program with regular obligations and reviews, bi-weekly therapy, drug and alcohol testing, at least 5 12-step meetings per week, and drinking driver DUI program classes, then, after meaningful review of your case with your Solano DUI lawyer, you may be referred by the trial court to the next DUI court session (Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. --you must not be late-- in Solano Courtroom 15) for a mandatory observation by you. If you are willing, then a no-contest plea and alternate sentence would be entered at the next trial court hearing, and then you would be sent back to the DUI court for a further observation and subsequent preliminary recovery assessment by the judge. After this second observation, you would be interviewed in the following days and assessed by program counselors and staff, and if a satisfactory referral is made, then upon sentencing at the third DUI court session (usually with your Solano DUI lawyer) you would commence the program. The stated program length is a minimum of 12 months plus available after-care.
Typical Sentencing Terms. In addition to expected obligations such as twice-monthly counseling sessions, weekly court attendance, and 5 AA meetings per week, good Solano DUI lawyers will inform you that the court will typically impose the following additional terms at sentencing:
Program Benefits. Successful completion of the 52 week minimum program length allows a participant to completely avoid time in actual jail custody. In addition, your incentive to participate is this more thoughtful and measured approach for multiple offenders, including access to a lower cost, structured, and local Solano treatment program designed to transition you to a healthy and stable life, and early probation termination.
You should discuss all of the details with your Solano DUI lawyer. Click here to see the Summary Solano County DUI Court Brochure, and here for the complete Solano County DUI Court Participant Handbook. If you believe this program is right for you, then you should also view the obligations contained in the Conditions of Probation, and the DUI Court Agreement.
In December, 2009, the Solano County courts introduced a new layer of "informal" probation oversight for all second and third DUI offenders. This Solano DUI court program was unfunded and suspended in July, 2012.
In addition to the existing "DUI court" (described above, and in the Jail Alternatives tip in this section), a new segment was added, named the DUI oversight court. Under this new system, second and third DUI offenders were referred to this compliance court after sentencing. These offenders were referred to a compliance officer/case manager, and required to attend another court session two months following their sentencing (court hearings on the second Wednesday of each month), and again at the six month mark and finally at the one year mark. The court may order that the defendant not attend the second or third hearings. Persons who live in distant counties, and out of state residents, may participate by telephone in certain cases.
The Case Manager. Sentenced offenders will contact the compliance office and be required to meet with one of two case managers from the Solano County Alcohol And Other Drug Services Program ("AODS") to come up with an action/treatment plan to address (and facilitate/ensure) compliance with the original sentencing court's orders, such as enrollment and attendance in the DUI program, AA meetings, installation of the SCRAM anklet, ignition interlock devices, jail, work release or home confinement, etc. Participants provide proof of such compliance to their case managers.
The case manager/compliance officer will monitor probation compliance and assist the DUI offenders in their efforts to eliminate drugs and alcohol from their lives, and may include, if necessary, referral to community services, monitoring substance abuse, random drug testing, addressing family issues, verification of participation in job training, immigration assistance, housing and education. If a client has not fulfilled their obligations, it will be up to the compliance officer and the court to determine why, and also to suggest a different course intended to help the client to comply. The ultimate determination of a response by the court remains with the judge. Solano County DUI defense attorneys will have open communication with such case managers and the court, and may help facilitate an appropriate response to certain difficulties.
Click here to see the complete Solano County DUI Compliance Court summary memorandum.
If you are under age 18, special Solano County Juvenile Court proceedings may apply to you at the Solano County Juvenile Court.
Click here to see a typical Juvenile Court Delinquency Finding and click here to see a typical Solano County Juvenile DUI Sentencing Order, which includes 6 months formal probation (including random drug/alcohol testing), 40 hours community service, one-year license suspension, DUI youth classes and approximately a $400 fine.
Although juvenile criminal records may be sealed at age 18 (Solano County DUI lawyers would strongly recommend that you complete this process as soon as possible), DMV records will continue to show juvenile DUI suspensions (typically one-year suspensions) for at least 10 years following an incident. The following link is an example of a 22 year old man's DMV driving record showing one juvenile alcohol suspension with .03% alcohol (age 16), one minor DUI with .08/.07% alcohol (age 20), two suspended license cases, and one adult DUI with .11/.12% alcohol (age 22): Juvenile DMV Record.
If your case resolved in the past and you lost or never received a copy of your Solano County Superior Court minute/sentencing order from your DUI lawyer, and you wish to review precisely what was ordered by the court, you may appear at the Solano County criminal clerk's office at the main courthouse in Fairfield or Vallejo and ask for a copy of the entire "docket" or court history. There is a nominal fee per page, but this is a valuable recorded history of everything that actually transpired in your Solano County court case and can often refresh recollections and clear up misunderstandings of precise resolutions, probation durations, time served, etc...
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"After a hellish evening I was unsure where to turn. My DUI, on a day that was supposed to have been a romantic getaway, had become a nightmare. I turned to Jake, and he took care of everything I could have asked for, allowing me to move on with my life. I didn't have to come up a single time, and he helped me get a great outcome, with a reduction of charges and lower fines and classes. Thanks for all the help, Jake! I would absolutely recommend him to anyone."
D.R., San Francisco
"Hey D.F., thanks for having the statute forwarded to me. It appears to me that your California DUI lawyer [Dave Jake Schwartz] has done an outstanding job. I am confident that the statute to which you are pleading no contest is not something that would cause Illinois to suspend or revoke your license. Your lawyer couldn't have done a better job given the circumstances. You ought to name your firstborn after him."
Attorney Paul Heinrich, Geneva, Illinois
"I chose Jake after speaking to several other attorneys because it was made clear to me how professional he was and willing to help me to make the best out of my situation. He was very genuine and easily accessible for means of communication when I needed to talk. He helped my life become easier and more manageable after I messed up by making reckless decisions. I highly recommend Jake because he went the distance and more to help me out with my court situation and he will do the same for you!"
"After the going through the shock of getting arrested and spending the night in jail, this first-time offender was totally lost in what to do next. A friend of mine had heard of Jake, and it was the first and only call I made. He was extremely knowledgeable about my rights and what needed to be done next. He gave me options, ideas, and a timeline of what to do and when to do it. Jake saved me a lot of time and allowed me to put this behind me quicker than had I tried to navigate the maze of rules and regulations by myself. Trust the testimonials and allow Jake to put your unfortunate experience behind you."
"Hi Jake, my only regret, other than driving home that night, was that I didn't call you sooner. I was so preoccupied with getting my license back today, that I nearly forgot about my court date yesterday. Thanks for appearing on my behalf. Everything went well at the DMV and I now have my restricted license. They asked if I had contacted their Mandatory Actions Unit, I hadn't. I didn't need to! You provided me with the exact steps to follow. Thanks again."
"Jake Schwartz is the man! The worst part of getting the DUI was the unknown. I had no idea what to expect or do. From the very first phone call, before I had even hired him, Jake was giving me sound advice and explaining the details that I needed to know. I didn’t have time to think and stress about legal paperwork, court dates, or what I was going to have to do to get through this. I didn’t have to, Jake had me covered. It was essential I continue driving for work until my busy season cooled off. Jake made this happen. I would recommend Jake to anyone who has received a DUI. I almost don’t regret my DUI for the pleasure of working with Jake Schwartz. Thanks for everything Jake!"
"I am sure many folks out there are in a similar situation to the one I was in a few months back: overwhelmed, depressed, and panicked. Trust me: You need to call Jake Schwartz. At the very least, you will benefit from talking to an experienced lawyer like him. And if you decide to hire him, he will give you the time, energy, and support you deserve. You might really luck out like I did - Jake was able to get my DUI knocked down to a Wet Reckless. Hiring Jake was the best decision I made after my admittedly stupid decision to drive after drinking. He saved me so much time, money, and stress!"
"During the extremely stressful experiences that my DUI and Violation of Probation presented to me, Jake truly stood out as someone who not only cared for my well-being but was also entirely effective and successful in advocating for my best interests. I would recommend him highly, and I am grateful for what he brought to what I first felt was a hopeless situation."
"Somehow Jake was able to work miracles for me. He was extremely knowledgeable regarding all aspects of law that needed to be dealt with, not only the DUI. He managed to fight and beat an old hit and run case I didn't even know about, got it dismissed outright, and we avoided a second DUI conviction with some quick thinking and sharp maneuvering. He is very honest, professional and very good at communicating all the options available. Jake will definitely go the extra mile. It seemed to me that he has a passion for what he does and I felt like I wasn't just a client number, a rubber stamp defense, and a paycheck. Thanks Jake – you're the man!"
"It is difficult to put into words, just how professional and efficient Jake has been throughout this process. He has not only proven to be expert at DUI law, he has shown he will go above and beyond the efforts of most attorneys, and it shows in the results! Jake has been both extremely patient and supportive and has treated me with respect, making a very challenging time a lot less difficult! He deserves the upmost regard and I would not hesitate to recommend him! Thank you Jake."
"Jake was the lifeline we needed. His expertise and knowledge was obvious from the first interview. He went above and beyond at every turn, and supported us throughout a very difficult time. Thanks to this wonderful attorney, my husband finally stands the chance of getting back behind the driving seat sooner than we had anticipated. We will always recommend Jake unreservedly."
"Hey Jake, You did what I thought wasn't possible and got my charges reduced. No jail time and reduced fines. I really appreciate your hard work. I hope nobody I know ever has the unfortunate instance of getting arrested for a DUI but if so I know who I'll recommend. Thanks again Jake!"
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, North Bay 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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Dave Jake Schwartz, PC
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