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Nov 12

Safety Center Sacramento: DUI School Review and Tour

By Admin | Uncategorized

Safety Center DDP

On Friday, 6/8/2018, I spent the morning at the Safety Center DDP’s (Safety Center) main office at 3909
Bradshaw Road Sacramento, CA 95827. The facility is quite large, encompassing several buildings and
has ample free parking. The Safety Center offers more than just DUI classes. They offer classes for
Senior Drivers that may help to lower the cost of insurance, Motorcycle Training classes and more. For

today, we’ll just be talking about the DUI classes available.

The Safety Center has schools at three locations in the Sacramento area and two in Yolo County. The
Sacramento area schools are located at the address listed above, one in Citrus Heights (6 & 9 month
First Offender class only) and one in North Highlands. In Yolo County, there is a school in West
Sacramento and another in Woodland. Cost varies by length of class and payment options are available.
Saturday classes and classes in Spanish and Russian may be offered at some locations.

DUI classes vary in length.

For First Offenders, the court can order a person take:
Wet Reckless Program (12 hours over 6 weeks) [only if case resolved as Wet Reckless]
First Offender Program (30 hours over 3 months) [.08 up to .19][Sacramento .08-.14]
First Offender Program (45 hours over 6 months) [Sacramento-BAC of .15-.19]
First Offender Program (60 hours over 9 months) [Chemical Test Refusal & BAC of .20 or more]

For Multiple Offenders, the court will order:
SB38-Multiple Offender Program (18 months)
*If the Offense is resolved as a Wet 2nd , the 60 hour, 9 month program may be ordered.

All First Offender programs consist of Education and Group components designed to cover a wide
variety of subjects.
Education consists of six classes:
1. Intro and Effects of Alcohol & Drugs on Driving
2. Impairment of Driving Abilities, Skills & Judgement
3. Substance Use Disorders
4. Effects on Body and Health
5. Effects on Individual, Family and Society
6. Create a Change Plan to Prevent Impaired Driving

Group consists of nine to twenty six classes:
1. Thoughts and Feelings Affect Actions
2. Effects of Alcohol & Drugs on Driving Behavior
3. Changing Decisions Leading Up to Your DUI
4. Coping With Stress
5. Values and Decision Making
6. Effective Communication
7. Developing Resilient Relationships
8. Setting Goals for the Future
9. Sustaining Change
10. Overcoming Obstacles to Changing Behavior
11. Strengthening Your Social Support Network
12. Using Family Strengths for Problem Solving
13. Reconnecting with Your Family
14. Listening with Empathy
15. Cultivating a Positive View of the Future
16. Focusing on Your Vision for the Future
17. Making Decisions to Prevent Driving Under the Influence
18. Coping with Triggers and Cravings
19. Gaining Support of Family and Friends
20. Problem Solving in Relationships
21. Creating a Recovery Plan
22. Building Personal Resilience
23. Becoming Your Ideal Self
24. Developing Resources for Sustaining Changes
25. Making Safe Driving Decisions
26. Learning from Relapses

*Multiple Offender Programs include much of the same except that the last six months consists of just a
monthly face to face with a counselor.

Sep 07

How do I get reinstated to Work Project in Sacramento?

By Admin | DUI News

So, you’ve missed the sign up date for Work Project in Sacramento or even the later turn in date to jail at Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center (RCCC), if you failed to get approved in time.  Maybe you intended to sign up for Home Detention or Work Furlough and were late for that.  Perhaps you were given a referral to do Community Service Hours and failed to get down there in the 15 days they say you have.  Can this be fixed is a question I hear all too frequently.  In other words, How do I get reinstated to Work Project in Sacramento? If you go to court, they’ll tell you there is a Sheriff’s Warrant (SOC Warrant) and there is nothing they can do about it.  There is hope, so don’t just go into hiding.  Don’t flee the country thinking that the Sheriff is going to race out and roll you up.  Call the Law Office of Denis White at (916) 444-3300 and see if we can help you get back into the program without the threat of jail.

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You see, the Sheriff’s Alternative Programs don’t want to have to go find you, the jails are full and it costs more to house you there too.  There are sweeps from time to time, where law enforcement and probation goes out and picks up as many people as they can find.  This is especially true with DUI offenders.  Still, after my visit to 700 North 5th Street today, 9/7/18, I’m convinced that I can assist you in getting into the program you originally signed up for without going to real jail and doing hard time.  So, to answer the title of this Blog, How do I get reinstated to Work Project in Sacramento, you call us at (916) 444-3300.  This is also true of the other Sheriff’s Alternatives like Community Service, Home Detention and Work Furlough.  The more time that passes, the more difficult this may be, so don’t wait any longer than you have to.

If you get my office involved, we will make the phone calls for you to find out what can be done.  This saves you the anxiety of  going to the Sheriff’s Office or Jail and finding out at that moment whether you have to do the time in Jail.

Sep 06

Elimination of Cash Bail in DUI Cases

By Admin | DUI News

The new law, set forth in Senate Bill 10, is set to go into effect on October 1, 2019.  The underlying idea appears to be fairness in deciding who gets released from custody after being arrested. It deals in part with the Elimination of Cash Bail in DUI Cases. Advocates believe that too many poor remain in custody because they can’t afford to bail out. Whether or not this new approach actually works the way they believe, we’ll have to wait and see.  It may just leave more working people in jail, that then become poor after losing their jobs.  Many of these are people that could have afforded bail under the present system and could have seen their cases through to the end with far less difficulty.

Just as different counties have different tolerances for DUI cases, so do judges.  Although some commentaries on the subject say that most individuals arrested for misdemeanors would be released within 12 hours without assessment, I have my doubts.  As an example of how different counties can be, Sacramento County releases most individuals on their own recognizance if the arrest is for a 1st, 2nd or 3rd offense DUI and gives them a date to appear about three weeks later.  The surrounding counties of Placer, Yolo and El Dorado require varying amounts of bail in almost every instance.  The Elimination of Cash bail will leave many people in custody when they could otherwise be released upon posting a bond that guarantees their return to court.  When a person that bonds out of jail fails to appear, the bail bond company sends someone to find them so they don’t have to pay the total bail amount to the court.  That’s a pretty good incentive. The Sacramento Judges and District Attorneys typically ask for bail on many multiple offense cases at the arraignment, catching most people without attorneys (and some with attorneys) completely by surprise.  If I think bail will be required and I’m not ready to resolve a case, I have a bail bond company with me so my clients never go into custody.

With respect to DUI defenses, if a person is accused of a 3rd DUI in 10 years or for an offense involving a BAC of .20 or more, they can’t be released before the arraignment.  This could mean sitting in jail for 72 hours or longer.

Even if the law proscribes a standard set of considerations for being released, the program will be implemented by individuals and they will all bring their own baggage.  Then, in addition, there is a provision that allows the prosecution to file for something they are calling “Preventive Detention” if they think there are insufficient conditions that would protect the public and make sure the individual will make his/her court appearances.

One source cited a legislative analysis that said it will cost hundreds of millions of dollars each year to implement this system.  I, for one, am not anxious to pay more in taxes for a system of government that is already bloated.  The Elimination of Cash Bail will put bail bond companies out of business, which makes the taxpayer the guarantor of all the money defendants and their families could have financed instead.  Groups like the ACLU of California and even the San Francisco Public Defenders Office have withdrawn their support for this ill conceived bail reform.

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Jun 22

Sacramento DUI Lawyer – June Update

By Admin | Uncategorized

Sacramento DUI Lawyer - June Update

Denis Does the Davis Trinity 

Although he is based in Sacramento, Denis is also very active in Yolo County. He noticed that a large percentage of his cases from that county are college students from UC Davis and immediately made it a goal to decrease the number of DUI arrests from UCD students. 

In addition to creating a scholarship for UC Davis Picnic Week 2018, Denis focused on creating DUI awareness events in the Davis area to help students prevent future DUI arrests. 

For his third awareness event in the college town, Denis completed the Davis Trinity - a bar crawl that UCD undergrads complete as a rite of passage. Students are known to get absurdly drunk after completion and Denis wanted to illustrate how BAC levels rise after each of the three mixed drinks. 

To give a more accurate illustration to the local students, he picked two volunteers (one undergrad and one grad) to complete the challenge along with him. 

May 29

Breweries in Sacramento County

By Admin | Uncategorized

Breweries in Sacramento County

Burgers and Brew

If you're looking for a taproom that serves grub out of their own kitchen instead of booking various food trucks, make sure to add this downtown brewery to your list. Located in an old firehouse, patrons can expect to find various gourmet burgers and rotating taps. If you're on the fence about giving them a visit, here's some peace of mind - the consensus on Yelp is that B&B is a quality restaurant (4 stars rating with 290 reviews as of 6/26/2018).

Bike Dog Broadway Taproom

The Broadway Taproom is a satellite location of Bike Dog's headquarters in West Sac located downtown for the residents who don't want to make the drive/bike ride but still want the same great beers.  Costco actually carries some of their beers, so you can rest assured that the quality is on point. The Broadway Taproom garnered a solid 4-star rating and if you're looking for a place that serves food in addition to brew, rejoice! Sellands (a popular local market) is located next door and they have a Bike Dog has a special menu you can order from. If you're not feeling what Sellands has to offer, you're also allowed to bring in outside food from other locations. 

Urban Roots Brewery and Smokehouse 

This is the only brewery in Sacramento County that has a dedicated BBQ menu, so put this on the list if you're a fan of the grill. Another 4 star rated restaurant on Yelp, reviews say that you can smell this place from a mile away. The atmosphere is also perfect for enjoying a nice weather day since they have plenty of patio seating. 

Capital Hop Shop

Perhaps the most striking feature of this brewery are the garage doors. This brewery is a converted car garage that now boasts an extensive list of beers and hard ciders. Although this spot is just approaching its one year anniversary, Yelpers take notice of the great service and quality food. 

Big Stump Brewing Company

If you’re looking for sour beers, Big Stump Brew Company is the choice for you! They do not serve food, but outside food is perfectly acceptable. Equipped with old school arcade games, this place is both baby friendly and dog friendly. 

Device Brewing Company

Tucked away near the the courthouse on Power Inn, Device is a modest brewery that offers plenty for its patrons. In addition to having a dog friendly space, Device partners with local food trucks, making it a one stop shop for a relaxing day.

Breweries in Yolo County
May 23

Breweries in Yolo County

By Admin | Yolo County

Summer's just around the corner and it's the perfect time to plan a "beercation" in the area. If you aren't familiar with Yolo County breweries, our guide will change that - keep reading for write-ups on every brewery in the area!

Breweries in West Sacramento

Yolo Brewing Company  

Website | Yelp Page

If homebrewing interests you, Yolo is definitely a place you want to visit. They offer a personal brewing session that allows you to brew you own beer at their facility under the guidance of one of their hopmasters – and all the people brewing look like they are having a blast.  Yolo brewing co is located in West Sac right next door to the old UPS – just look for the sign in the driveway that will direct you to the area.

There isn’t a kitchen on-site, but they do have free snacks like popcorn and pretzels to help cleanse the palette between beer tastings. You can also bring your own food or visit one of the food trucks they booked for the day. The facility is also dog and family-friendly with a bunch of games to occupy the children while you enjoy your beer. Note that the facility does not have A/C, so remember this on hot Sacramento days.

According to Yelp, the most popular beers are Lemon Drop IPA, Orange Honey Ale, and the double IPA (packs a punch). For people in your group that don’t drink alcohol, Yolo also brews kombucha and has that for sale. There are a bunch of activities that you can do during your visit, like listen to live music, participate in trivia night, or do a free Vinyasa yoga session (Sunday weekly) with a certified instructor.  If you’re into Jazz, check them out every weekend for live Jazz music.

Jackrabbit  Brewing

Website | Yelp

If you’re in the area for Yolo Brew Co, take the 4 minute walk down Terminal St. to enjoy some amazing flavors at Jackrabbit – located between UPS and the rice mill in West Sacramento. The facility has a ton of indoor seating with a big parking lot, and even has a big screen TV paired with classic video games like the Nintendo Super NES. This place also family friendly, so if you brought the kids to Yolo Brew Co, you can continue to Jackrabbit without finding a babysitter.

The flavors here on point – according to Yelp, this place is easily a top 3 local brewer based on quality and taste of the beer. Jackrabbit also hosts a beer and cheese pairing event , and we read a Yelp review saying that the pairings were excellent. We read a bunch of reviews on Yelp and consensus is that all of their flavors taste good and a few are exceptional standouts. The two flavors that were mentioned most on Yelp reviews are the Monks Belly and Pub Ale with 5 mentions for each.

If you’re looking for activities, they host various activities like movie night, cooking classes, and events on succulents  & herbs. They also have cornhole if you feel like playing a simple game to pass time while you’re there. Jackrabbit doesn’t have a kitchen either, but you have the option of bringing your own food or ordering takeout and getting it delivered.  If you’re heading there on a weekend, don’t worry – Jackrabbit always books food trucks to be there on Saturdays and Sundays.

Bike Dog Brewing Company 

Website | Yelp

If you like bicycles, dogs and brew, this heavily themed joint is the perfect spot for you. They’re highly touted on Yelp with 191 reviews  and an average rating of 4.5 stars. The most mentioned menu item on Yelp is the milk stout (45 reviews), so give that a shot if you’re looking for something solid.

This is the third brewery on the West Sac Terminal stretch, right next to Yolo Brew Co and Jackrabbit - the front entrance is pretty easy to spot from the main road and they have private parking, although it does get a little packed as the bar gets busy.  The place usually gets packed, so make sure you plan ahead to get there a little early for the sake of convenience.

One thing that’s great about Bike Joint is that the facility has air conditioning and a small arcade that includes games like ski ball to keep you occupied.  They also have foosball (table soccer) and jenga available to play. I’d definitely rather be here on a hot day than stuck in the heat at Yolo Brewing Company. Bike dog is family friendly in addition to allowing well behaved pups – a huge plus is that they have clean bathrooms equipped with diaper changing stations!

While Bike Dog doesn’t serve snacks, they are only 1 minute away from Chando’s Tacos – many patrons will walk over to grab some tacos and come back to wash it down with some Ale.  If tacos aren’t your thing, there is usually a food truck out front to satisfy your hunger – you can also bring in your own food if you’d like.

Breweries in Woodland

Blue Note Brewing Company

Website | Yelp

If enjoy the industrial feel over fancy and pretentious, Blue Note’s Yelp reviews indicate that they may be a great fit. This brewery is located in the heart Downtown Woodland, down Dead Cat Alley and is described as one of the best new breweries in the area. This is another hop spot you can add to your family-friendly list, with games you can check out for the kids along with giant Jenga and Connect Four. If you happen to be in town for a court hearing, also be sure to check out our article on Restaurants the Woodland Courthouse.

Blue Note is also pet friendly, so note that this is a brewery you can stop by while walking your dog. The facility can be described as a giant warehouse full of couches, community tables, and game tables for a blue collar industrial feel. Along with a good amount of space, they also have live bands playing and TVs – making this a perfect venue for company events or holiday parties. If you enjoy eating with your brew, bring food and snacks or order from one of the food trucks on their rotating list. 

The consensus on Yelp is that Blue Note’s flavors and tasting menu are excellent - they have lots of craft beers and a good selection of IPAs, and they also carry some of the trending sour beer that’s growing in popularity. Blue Note is pretty highly rated on Yelp with an average rating of 4.5 stars with 71 reviews. If you’re look still stuck on what to order after trying a flight, check out the Oatmeal Stout – their most reviewed beer on Yelp (8 mentions).

Breweries in Winters 

Berryessa Brewing Company

Website | Yelp

If you’re in the Berryessa lake area, you may want to stop by Berryessa Brewing co for some of what people say is the best craft beer in the region. The brew co is situated near highway 505 via highway 128 and leads right into the hills/lakes/wineries of the countryside. According to Yelp reviews, this is the perfect place to stop off on your way back relaxing or catching some fish at the lake. Keep an eye out for a small short sign near the parking lot entrance that should indicate you have arrived.

Berryessa is also dog and child friendly, so feel free to make this a family outing. If you live in the area, Yelp reviews also say that this is a nice bike ride in from Davis. They frequently have live music on weekends and also some weekdays. If you’re taking kids along, they have toys and games for them along with giant jenga. While they don’t serve food at Berryessa, there are free chips to snack on and they usually have a food truck on location – with Buckhorn Steakhouse and their amazing BBQ being a frequent vendor.  

The consensus on Yelp: if you like good beer and enjoy the outdoors, this is the place for you. There are a ton of tables on the enormous outdoor patio, so keep this place in mind if you’re looking for an event venue that serves beer. Most Yelp reviews say that the Separation Anxiety IPA and the House IPA are solid choices if you don’t know what to start with. There is a wine tasting room adjacent to the beer taps, so there’s something for everyone.

Breweries in Davis

Sudwerk Dock Store  

Website | Yelp

Sudwerk is a staple in Davis brew culture because they actually run the UC Davis master brewer’s program out of out of the dock store. They are situated right next to the Sudwerks restaurant beneath the underpass, with a half gravel lot. Be cautious when driving there at night – the parking lot entrance is a little tough to spot when it’s dark.  You can grab food from the Sudwerks restaurant or try one of the food trucks they usually partner with.

Yelp reviews (4.5 stars/57 reviews) often refer to the dock store as the mad science lab where brewery students test out their new ideas (sours, barrel aged brews, milk stout, and india pale ales) as opposed to the more traditional ale available at the Sudwerks restaurant.  They have 4 kegs tapped and replace each empty one with a random flavor from their vault.

Suds has a lot value in terms of their product offering – free tasters of every flavor at the dock store and no deposit on keg rentals are two things you don’t see very often. On Wednesdays, they have $1 pints with a $3 cover charge. While indoor seating is limited, there are plenty of benches in the expanded outdoor seating section. Sudwerks is one of the dog-friendly bars, so long as your pup is behaved.

Three Mile Brewing 

Website | Yelp

The Three Mile Brewing is a spot in downtown Davis that is also highly reviewed on Yelp (66 reviews/4.5 star average rating) with a diverse menu from blondes to IPAs. They are tucked into a small courtyard behind Temple coffee and Zumapoke. This place is also dog and kid friendly, so add this to the list of breweries you can drag the entire family to. There are games to keep the kiddos occupied while you enjoy the beer they have to offer.

According to reviews on Yelp, the music is excellent and the employees are all nice people that contribute to a great atmosphere - one yelp reviewer even said that a thoughtful employee brought out a dog bowl with fresh water for her pup on a particular hot afternoon. Three Mile has a few TVs to watch and a bunch of games to occupy yourselves during drinking escapades. They also have a little patio in the courtyard that’s perfect for day drinking in nice weather. They don’t serve food here, but you can order from Woodstock pizza down the street and they’ll happily deliver.

The beers all taste great, but feel free to judge that for yourself – employees are happy to give out samples to help find something you actually enjoy drinking. Three Mile also offers a ton of value on their beer flights (only $7) if you are still having trouble deciding.  The most reviewed beer on their Yelp page is the Honey Blonde (8 mentions) is easy to drink and described as “smooth, aromatic, and refreshing.” If you’re into other stuff, they have about 12 unique craft brews on tap from saison, rye ales, sours, porters and IPAs.

Super Owl Brewing  

Website | Yelp

Super Owl Brewing is one of the newer additions to the Davis area (opened in September of 2017) and can be found on Lake Blvd near Lamppost Pizzeria. This is a family friendly brewery owned by a local husband and wife that you can always count on seeing a diverse crowd at.  There is ample seating both inside and outside, so don’t worry too much about being elbow to elbow with a stranger. Super Owl allows dogs on the small patio, continuing the theme of pup-friendly breweries in Yolo County. They even have a separate kid-friendly area so you don’t have to deal with children running all over the place, if that isn’t your thing. If you’re a parent, they have toys and a large chalkboard to help keep your kid occupied so you can enjoy life for bit.

This location is situated at the end of a strip mall and is great for situations where craft beer is needed away from the downtown student life. Since it is away from Downtown Davis, it’s not a nightmare trying to find parking, which is actually pretty ample. While Super Owl does not server food, they have free pretzel sticks and allow you to bring your own food or have it delivered from the Lamppost Pizza right next door. The Oatmeal Stout (4 Yelp reviews) and Looky Loo Blonde Ale (4 Yelp reviews) were the most mentioned, so give those a shot if you’re looking for a suggestion.

Looking for a bar crawl in Davis? 

Sometimes you're in the mood for something a little harder than beer - we understand. If you live in the Davis area, check out our guide on the Davis Trinity - one of the college town's most popular bar crawls. 

Davis Trinity - Cafe Bernardo
Davis Trinity - Bistro 33
Davis Trinity - Noodle 88 Bar

Davis Trinity - The Ultimate Guide 2018
May 04

Davis Trinity – Our Ultimate Guide to the Infamous Davis Bar Crawl

By Admin | Yolo County

Completing the Davis Trinity: The Ultimate Guide

Our article will give you the complete rundown on everything concerning the Davis Trinity - a longstanding tradition with UCD undergrads. If you’re searching for a drinking ritual embedded into UC Davis folklore, look no further than the Davis Trinity.

Denis recently completed the Trinity (see video below) in an attempt to show people how easily you can approach the .08 BAC legal limit when participating in a bar crawl like this. 

What is the Davis Trinity?

What is Davis Trinity?

The Davis Trinity is entails the consumption of the three strongest drinks in Davis all in one night and is somewhat of a UCD undergrad rite of passage. The three drinks are:

  • The Wicky Wacky Woo from Bar Bernardo
  • The Devastator at Bistro 33
  • The FML at Red 88 Noodle Bar

Where is the Davis Trinity?

Thankfully, the bar crawl only spans a few blocks - so don't worry about having to uber or ride a bike to each location. We created a custom Google map (see below) to help guide your travels, so make sure you don't get behind the wheel!

  • First Stop - Cafe Bernardo
  • Second Stop - Bistro 33
  • Third Stop - Red 88 Noodle Bar

What are in the Davis Trinity drinks?

Thankfully, the bar crawl only spans a few blocks - so don't worry about having to uber or ride a bike to each location. We created a custom Google map (see below) to help guide your travels, so make sure you don't get behind the wheel!

  • The Wicky Wacky Woo - Cafe Bernardo
    • A mixture of rum, vodka, tequila and gin with a blend of fruit juices
  • The Devastator - Bistro 33

  • The FML - Red 88 Noodle Bar
    • Vodka, gin, tequila, triple sec & 151 rum topped with fresh juice and a splash of sprite

Davis Trinity Guidelines

Expect to complete the Trinity within approximately 90 minutes when drinking at a leisurely pace, but adventurous individuals often try to finish everything within 45 minutes achieve “The Triple Crown” bragging rights.

Apr 18

How to Save Money on DUI in Sacramento

By Admin | DUI News

Savings Alert - Reduce DUI Fines By Up To $2000

How would you like to reduce your Sacramento DUI fines by up to $2000? If you’ve been convicted of a Wet Reckless or 1st , 2nd, or 3rd offense DUI, you’re in luck – Sacramento County is still allowing people, at the time of sentencing to convert the bulk of their fines to jail time or one of the many sheriff’s alternatives to real jail. Our blog post gives you the rundown of the specifics of jail time conversions on these convictions:

  • Wet & Reckless
  • 1st DUI
  • 2nd DUI
  • 3rd DUI
Sacramento DUI Penalties

If you don’t want to do real “in custody” jail time, don’t fret – the jail time can be done on one of the sheriff’s jail alternatives.  In Sacramento County, that means Work Project, which includes things like picking up trash, raking leaves or washing police cars. 

The time can also be served on one of the sheriff’s Home Detention Programs where you wear an ankle bracelet.  The options available on this program are Work Furlough, where you have to be at your place of residence when you are not at work or the court ordered DUI school; School Furlough, where you have to be at home except when you are in school or attending the DUI classes; Medical Furlough, where you must remain at home  unless attending medical appointments or the DUI classes.

Another option is Lockdown, where you just remain at your residence or are attending a court ordered DUI class.  The one remaining sheriff’s alternative is performing Community Service Hours; which is working at a non-profit organization from a list that the sheriff keeps. Converting the majority of your fines to jail time can be perfect if, like many of us, you have more time than money. For example, if you have one of the convictions listed in the first paragraph – after the fine to jail time conversion you will be looking at total fines in the ballpark of $300-$500.

For all of you who are not math wizards, that’s a savings of 80 percent! Let’s examine this illustration in terms of daily savings – This equals a reduction of about $500 for each day! Seems like a no-brainer if you want to reduce the financial burden of this expensive error in judgement.

Benefits of Converting Fines to Jail Time or Alternative Sentencing:

  • Allows participants the opportunity to work off fines which otherwise would have been unaffordable
  • Participating in any of the alternatives help avoid loss of employment, missing school, and in some instances benefit the community you live in
  • Provides individuals with a way to avoid losing their driving privilege for failing to pay fines

What alternatives can the fines be converted to?

Your Sacramento DUI fines can be converted to jail time but served instead at one of these Sheriff’s alternatives to jail. If you’re wondering what that means, here’s an explanation taken directly from

  • Work Furlough
  • School Furlough
  • Lockdown
  • Community Service

How to request a conversion to jail time

You simply need to ask the judge at the time you are sentenced to convert fines to time.  It’s routine, so the court will know exactly what you are asking them to do.

Apr 06

Restaurants Near Woodland Courthouse

By Admin | Yolo County

Places to Eat Near the Yolo County Superior Courthouse in Woodland, CA

If you've got court in Woodland and are looking for a place to eat, our article tells you what's nearby. Read on for a summary of the following restaurants:

  1. El Taqueria Guadalajara
  2. Black Bear Diner
  3. Quetzal 
  4. Pete's Brewhouse
  5. Last Islitas Ostioneria
  6. Chicago Restaurant
  7. El Charro
  8. Father Paddy's 
  9. Bangkok Cuisine
  10. House of Shah
  11. Las Brasas
  12. Burger Saloon
  13. Kitchen 428
  14. Osaka
  15. Morgan's on Main
  16. Guinevere's 
  17. Chickpeas
  18. Savory Cafe
  19. Steve's Pizza
  20. Thai Pepper
  21. La Frontera
  22. Maria's Cantina
  23. Jack In The Box
  24. McDonalds
  25. Del Taco

El Taqueria Guadalajara

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  • Distance from Courthouse: 1 Mile
  • Walking Time: 20 minutes 
  • Driving Time: 4 minutes
  • Website:
  • If you're in the mood for Mexican cuisine, you'll definitely want check this place out. After reading through Guadalajara's Yelp reviews, it looks like they're known for having really good tacos and some great tasting pico de gallo. One of the Yelp reviewers stated that her husband really enjoyed the authenticity of the food and did not experience any heartburn the following day, so that's always good news! 

    If you're in town for court on a Tuesday, Guadalajara's has a weekly "Taco Tuesday" special that includes 3 tacos and a beer. The weekly Wednesday special is a $5 burrito and if you show up on Friday, you can get $6 nachos with a choice of one meat. 

    Black Bear Diner

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    One thing I've always loved about Black Bear Diner is the huge portion sizes that never disappoint! This restaurant is known for having homestyle and "old-fashioned" comfort foods with solid serving sizes across the menu. 

    If someone in your party is craving Mexican food, Black Bear Diner also serves ethnic dishes like Birria and Nachos or Enchiladas. If you're a hot sauce aficionado, they have a huge variety to pick from!

    Taqueria Quetzal

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    • Distance from Courthouse: 1 Mile
    • Walking Time: 20 minutes 
    • Driving Time: 4 minutes
    • Website:

    I've always loved eating gorditas at any Taqueria I go to, but it's usually pretty hard to find a place that does it right. Thankfully, Taqueria Quetzal has the formula for a good gordita! 

    According to their Yelp, one of the most popular items is the carnitas gordita as it has been mentioned in multiple reviews - so if you want something tried and true, perhaps you should give this a shot. 

    Pete's Brewhouse

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    • Distance from Courthouse: .7 Mile
    • Walking Time: 14 Minutes
    • Driving Time: 3 minutes
    • Website:

    This place is one of the local favorites for grub and is known for consistently having a high level of customer service. I’ve always had delicious pizzas and garlic knots when I stop by after court, so make sure you give those a try!

    If you’re a beer drinker, know that they have a selection of beers from southern California – so if you’re in the mood to try something other than local brew, check them out.

    For you salad lovers, the Caesar salad is always an excellent choice. If you happen to be around Woodland on a Monday, be sure to check out their half priced pizza special!

    Chicago Cafe

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    • Distance from Courthouse: .4 Mile
    • Walking Time: 9 Minutes
    • Driving Time: 3 minutes

    This restaurant has a pretty unique selling point: it's a place that has been around Woodland since forever and they serve mixture of Chinese and American cuisine. 

    According to Yelp, you can expect generous portions at a good price. If you're in Woodland before court and need a filling breakfast, you may want to consider Chicago Cafe. 

    El Charro

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    Not every taqueria has a liquor license nowadays, so you may want to check this out if you're craving some Mexican food and brew.

    One must-have for every taqueria I frequent is grade-A chips and salsa, which El Charro definitely has. If I were to choose a favorite meal from here, it would be the chili relleno and a side of homemade tortillas!

    Father Paddy's

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    Every town needs an Irish pub, and I'm glad that Father Paddy's is the local Woodland joint. If you're craving Irish comfort food in an amazing pub atmosphere, definitely check this place out!

    If you're a fan of high-quality spirits, they have a vault with 90 hand-selected varieties of Whiskey. If you get a sandwich, make sure to ask for a side of their homemade beer cheese sauce!

    Bangkok Cuisine

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    • Distance from Courthouse: .3 Mile
    • Walking Time: 6 Minutes
    • Driving Time: 2 minutes

    If you're in the mood for Asian cuisine but don't feel like eating Chinese - you might be interested in the Thai restaurant, Bangkok Cuisine. 

    My favorite menu items are spring rolls and the pumpkin curry (mentioned in 7 Yelp reviews). Another item I thoroughly enjoyed was a dish called angel wings, which are deep fried chicken wings stuffed with ground chicken, noodles and black mushrooms. 

    House of Shah

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    The House of Shah is a new ethnic place by the courthouse that dubs their style of food, "Afghan Urban Eats". If you're not looking to eat traditional Afghan food, no worries - they have burgers with a global twist!

    I got the sirloin beef kabob plate and really enjoyed the two dipping sauces it came with - house made yogurt and mint chutney. The salad that the dish came with was packed with flavor and the produce was also fresh, so I'd definitely opt for this if trying to eat a light lunch. 

    Las Brasas

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    This Taqueria is started off as a burger joint but eventually came to be known as one of the best places to get Tacos in Woodland. According to Yelp reviews, the steak taco meat is really juicy and the smoky pork is full of flavor. 

    Any Taqueria with great tasting salsa verde (green salsa) makes me an automatic fan, so the reviews got me into the door but the salsa made me stay! Almost every review on Yelp is a raving testimonial for tacos, so I'd definitely give those a shot if you're in the area for court. 

    Burger Saloon

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    • Distance from Courthouse: .3 Mile
    • Walking Time: 6 Minutes
    • Driving Time: 1 minutes
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    Burger Saloon is about 4 blocks from and has a huge selection (30 different burgers and the option to build your own). In addition to food, they also carry a rotating selection of draft, craft beer and wine.

    If burgers aren't your thing, they also have comfort foods like house made soup or the timeless classic, Bacon Mac & Cheese. They also have vegetarian options for those of you who don't eat meat. 

    If want to try a burger popular on Yelp, the Sophisticate was mentioned in 15 reviews and the Humongous Fungus was mentioned in 11 reviews.  

    Kitchen 428

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    • Distance from Courthouse: .3 Mile
    • Walking Time: 7 Minutes
    • Driving Time: 2 minutes
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    Kitchen 428 is a lounge and bar located in the Historic Jackson Building in downtown Woodland, approximately a 7 minute walk from the Yolo courthouse. 

    They have a 4.5 star rating on Yelp with 274 reviews, so the level of quality at this restaurant seems undisputed. 

    The crab cakes appetizer and ribeye main course were mentioned in 19 reviews on Yelp, so be sure to check those out if you're unsure of what to get. 


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    • Distance from Courthouse: .3 Mile
    • Walking Time: 5 Minutes
    • Driving Time: 1 minutes
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    If you like Japanese food and sushi, be sure to stop by this 4 star restaurant with 161 reviews on Yelp. This place is only 4 blocks from the courthouse and was voted "Best of Yolo County" in the sushi restaurant category from 2009-2016.

    The most popular dishes here (according to Yelp) are:

    • baked spicy edamame appetizer (5 mentions)
    • sesame chicken (7 mentions)
    • jason roll (5 mentions)

    Morgan's on Main

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    • Distance from Courthouse: .3 Mile
    • Walking Time: 5 Minutes
    • Driving Time: 1 minute
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    Morgan's on Main won OpenTable Diners' Choice awards (2015, 2016) and Davis Enterprise Reader's Choice Award (2017), so check them out if you're looking for a steakhouse to get a nice meal.

    They dub themselves as a "California Comfort Grill" with service that evokes the warmth of home. Here are their most praised dishes:

    • Chicken and waffle sticks
    • Beet salad (mentioned in 13 reviews on Yelp)
    • Flat iron steak (mentioned in 6 reviews on Yelp)

    Guinevere's Cafe & Bistro

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    Guinevere's Cafe & Bistro might be one of the only places in Yolo county (other than Ikea in West Sacramento) that serve Scandinavian food - so give them a shot if you're looking to try something different. They also serve Italian food and one of their specialties is ancient Pizza/Calzones. 

    Guinevere's is owned by artists Jennifer and Marco Fuocco, whose goal is to create farm fresh food from their Scandinavian and Italian ancestry. To ensure their food really is farm fresh, all of the produce is purchased from farmers local to Yolo County. 


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    • Distance from Courthouse: .1 Mile
    • Walking Time: 3 Minutes
    • Driving Time: 1 minutes
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    I've always had a soft spot for good Falafel, and Chickpeas has never disappointed at one of my many visits. What I love about Chickpeas is their close proximity (2 blocks) from the Yolo Courthouse!

    If you check them out on Yelp, you'll see that they have a solid rating (4.5 stars) with 64 reviews. If you're undecided on what to try, check out the Chicken Shawarma (mentioned in 8 Yelp reviews) and salad bar (also mentioned in 8 Yelp reviews).

    Savory Cafe

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    • Distance from Courthouse: .2 Mile
    • Walking Time: 3 Minutes
    • Driving Time: 1 minutes
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    Check this place out if you're looking for somewhere within a couple blocks of the courthouse to get breakfast or brunch before your hearing. The new owners Juan and Chef Toby keep a rotating menu based on seasonal produce. 

    According to Yelp, some of their popular items are the French toast (5 mentions) and the croissant  sandwich (5 mentions). 

    Thai Pepper

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    • Distance from Courthouse: .1 Mile
    • Walking Time: 3 Minutes
    • Driving Time: 1 minutes
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    If you're looking for Asian food other than Chinese, check out this restaurant that's only 2 blocks from Yolo Superior Court! You might have guessed from their name, but this place serves up a variety of dishes inspired by Thai cuisine. 

    If you're a fan of curry, check out these unique flavors they offer:

    • Avocado Curry:
      • Chicken, fresh avocado, potatoes, onions, and carrots in a mild yellow curry sauce and coconut milk
    • Mango Curry
      • Shrimp, fresh mango, broccoli, carrots, and bell peppers in a sweet creamy peanut red curry sauce and coconut milk.
    • Pumpkin Curry
      • Chicken breast, shrimp, pumpkin, carrots, bell peppers, and basil in red curry and coconut milk. 

    La Frontera

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    If you're on the hunt for bottomless Mexican food, check out La Frontera's lunch buffet that runs from 11am-3pm Monday through Friday. If you're in town for a hearing and don't feel like driving somewhere to get food, they are only a 5 minute walk from the Yolo Superior Court. 

    The buffet always has the traditional staples like rice, beans and pozole - while the other options seem to be rotated on a daily basis. 

    If you're looking for a specific Mexican dish - no worries, they also serve entrees. According to Yelp, the menudo pairs really well with La Frontera's homemade tortillas. 

    Maria's Cantina

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    • Distance from Courthouse: .2 Mile
    • Walking Time: 3 Minutes
    • Driving Time: 1 minutes
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    If you're looking for a sports bar that has good tacos in close proximity to the courthouse, this might be your best bet. Maria's is only 1 block from the Yolo Superior Court

    According to their Yelp reviews, the most popular items here are the street tacos (mentioned in 12 reviews) and people tend to come here for Taco Tuesdays (mentioned in 15 reviews). If you're not feeling in the mood for street tacos, give the carnitas enchiladas a try (mentioned in 4 reviews). 

    Jack In the Box

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    • Distance from Courthouse: .2 Mile
    • Walking Time: 3 Minutes
    • Driving Time: 1 minutes

    If you're looking for some fast food other than Mcdonald's before court, this is your other option. 

    Their menu is similar to Mcdonald's but they also have .99 tacos, curly fries, and garlic fries. According to the Yelp reviews, this location has good customer service in addition to the food, so make sure to check this place out if you are on the go. 

    Las Islitas Ostioneria

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    If you're a fan of Mexican seafood, you've gotta check Las Islitas out because it is actually their specialty. Out of all the restaurants in close proximity to Yolo Superior Court, Las Islitas seems to be the only one that prides themselves on their Mexican seafood selection. 

    One thing that's great about this place (especially if you're a seafood lover) is that they serve free shrimp ceviche as a starter with your meals.