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5. Will I go to jail?

Minors trash detailThe best Mendocino DUI lawyers will answer that, in Mendocino 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 48 hours of jail, and three to five years of informal probation. Many under-21 Mendocino DUI cases may resolve with better results (for example an infraction dismissed following diversion-type efforts, or a "wet reckless") and likewise many Mendocino DUI cases resolve with higher penalties.

If a jail sentence is ordered, then most first and second DUI offenders in Mendocino County can avoid serving actual jail time through alternatives such as volunteer work release or home confinement. Watch our Mendocino 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 Ukiah 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, 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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