There are many exceptions for enhancements and violations of probation. These are not all the code sections that can be charged for alcohol related offenses and the prosecutor in court may or may not have the authority to deviate from the standard offer. Use this only as a guide, as it is subject to change and there are many factors to consider that may affect the offer in your case. The standard penalties listed only pertain to DUIs resolved as a misdemeanor.

Wet Reckless- 3 years informal probation, no jail, $1,180 fines and a 12 hour or 3 month DUI

DUI 1st- 4 years informal probation, 2 days jail or sheriff’s alternative,$2,252 fines and a 3 or 9
month DUI program.

DUI 2nd -4 years informal probation, 10 days jail or sheriff’s alternative,$2,252 fines and a 18
month DUI program.

DUI 3rd-4 years informal probation, 150 – 365 days in jail, $2,252 fines and an 18 month
DUI program.

DUI Injury 1st- Depends on the facts of the case and the reported injuries.


Placerville Courts

Department 7 is in El Dorado County Building C located at 2850 Fairlane Court, Building C, Placerville, CA 95667 and free parking is available in the parking lot.

Departments 1 and 2 are located in downtown Placerville at 495 Main Street, Placerville, CA 95667. Parking is free for a maximum period of 2 hours along the street or in the public parking structure near the corner of Center and Main Streets. If you are parking over 2 hours, then it will cost $1 per hour with a maximum of $6 per day. Pay stations will accept both cash and credit cards, and purchaser simply enters their space number without having to return to vehicle. Purchasers will be able to add additional time by using any pay station in any City lot or by calling an 800 number. If requested by purchaser, pay station will alert purchaser prior to time expiring by cell phone or pager.

Placerville Department 7 is located downstairs from the main level. After entering the building, walk towards the front counter and make a right and the door to the stairs are to the right. There is an elevator if you need one. Department 7 handles arraignments for DUI cases as well as all other misdemeanor and felony cases. The arraignment or first appearance is normally at 1:00pm. Second and subsequent appearances may be in Department 7 or at the main courthouse in Departments 1 or 2 at 8:30am or 10:00am.


South Lake Tahoe

Departments 3 and 4 are located at 1354 Johnson Blvd. #2, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. There is free parking in the parking lot.

South Lake Tahoe Department 3 is located on the first floor. Department 1 handles arraignments for DUI cases as well as all other misdemeanor and felony cases. Arraignments on first appearance are normally at 1:00pm. Second and subsequent appearances are in Department 4 on the second floor and there is a stairway and an elevator to the right as you walk into the building.


THINK about what you have in your pockets or purse before you leave your car. There are metal detectors at the entrances to the courthouses. If you have something the sheriff thinks is inappropriate you will not be permitted to enter, no matter how long  you have waited in line, even if you will be late for court. They will not hold items for you either.

Check the calendar outside the courtroom for your name. If your name does not appear on the calendar, if you are at Department 7 in Placerville, go to the clerk’s windows to the left of the courtroom. If you are in South Lake Tahoe, go to the clerk’s office on the second floor across the hall from Department 4. The clerk will inform you whether your case has been rejected or that the case was not filed, give you written proof that you did show up, and the phone number of the District Attorney’s Office so that you can make sure that they have your correct contact information so that you will be notified if they decide to file charges.

Whether you are in Placerville or South Lake Tahoe, if you will need an interpreter, let the bailiff know before court begins. You may want to contact the clerk’s office to let them know that you will need an interpreter at least 3 working days before your court date if you need anything other than a Spanish speaking interpreter. This may save you an unnecessary return date.

The bailiff usually takes roll call before court starts. The Public Defender will then make an announcement for those individuals who will need their services. Once court starts, individuals represented by private attorneys will have their cases heard first. If you have chosen to hire the Law Office of Denis White, it may not be necessary for you to appear in court at all.

If your case is set for a Trial or various other Motions you may be required to appear on a future date.



The standard bail amounts for DUI cases in El Dorado County are as follows. DUI 1st $5,000, DUI with refusal of chemical test $15,000, DUI 2nd $10,000, DUI 3rd $15,000. If the BAC was .15-.19 add $5,000 and if the BAC is .20 or more, add $10,000.


DMV Issues-

While most DUI defendants are already out on bail, if you have prior DUIs in the last 10 years and it was not discovered by law enforcement during your arrest process, the District Attorney’s Office may request a hearing to increase bail. If you posted bail on a 1st time DUI and you have priors, the District attorney may request an increase in bail. You should contact your bail bond agent so that if bail is increased, the bail agent will be able to post the additional increase right away, so that you do not have to be taken into custody.

The court deals regularly with criminal penalties but not so much with the resulting DMV suspensions and restrictions. If you have concerns in this area, you may be better served contacting the Law Office of Denis White for answers. El Dorado County is not one of the four California counties participating in the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) pilot program under Assembly Bill 91. This means that installation of the device will not automatically be required by DMV in order to get your license back. Read about the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) for more information.


Warning-It is difficult or impossible to give advice without the specific facts of a case. If you are uncomfortable with the reason law enforcement came into contact with you, trust your instincts and seek legal advice. Police reports are written by people that have to justify why they made the decision to arrest you. In these instances people are involved. People make mistakes and sometimes they even lie. Have they done so in your case? While I know what you really want is great results, at the front end you may need to be satisfied with the peace of mind provided by having a lawyer that deals with this area of law looking out for your interests. This is what we do at the Law Office of Denis White. Contact us today for a Free Consultation.


LINKS- El Dorado County Courts-Criminal Records Search

El Dorado County Main Jail- Inmate Search

El Dorado County Law Library

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department

California Highway Patrol

El Dorado Area CHP Offices

CHP-Placerville: (530) 622-1110 3031 LoHi Way Placerville 95667-1417

CHP-South Lake Tahoe: (530) 577-1001 Hopi Avenue South Lake Tahoe 96150

Placerville Police Department

South Lake Tahoe Police Department