Dec 22

Ever heard of the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center (UCFC)?

By Admin | Uncategorized

It’s a state-funded study of gun violence. State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson introduced a bill on 12/12/18 that, if successful, would ban Californians convicted of multiple DUI offenses or a vehicular manslaughter charge while intoxicated from owning or possessing firearms for a period of 10 years.

Research conducted by UCFC Director Dr. Garen J. Wintemute indicates that more than one third of the individuals convicted of alcohol related crimes were arrested for violent or firearm related crimes within 14 years of buying a handgun. Wintemute and his colleagues opine that this may be an indication that alcohol related crimes lead to future criminal activity among gun owners.

Dec 12

County of Sacramento Jail Alternatives

By Admin | Uncategorized

There are presently three ways to avoid doing actual jail time in Sacramento County.  They are the Home Detention/Work Furlough, Work Project and Community Service Programs. All three programs are run by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, and are located at 700 North 5th Street. I picked up a number of forms and related paperwork today but because these things change from time to time, I’ve decided not to include them here.


Perhaps the least complicated to explain, is the Work Project Program. If the court refers you, simply take your pink jail commitment paperwork to them with $80.00 and get signed up. Typically, you’re required to do so within 5 business days of the date you resolve your case.  The cost of the program is $40 per day.  If you only have a few days of work project and you can afford to do so, pay it all at once.  It may be possible to get a reduction of the cost or make payments but you’d have to try to work that out with the finance people at the facility.  Even if you’re short on money, I suggest you go talk to them within the time allowed. This is one of those cases where it’s better to ask permission than for forgiveness!  If you wait until you have money, you may end up with a warrant requiring you to do actual jail time instead.  You’ll be asked to fill out some paperwork when you first arrive, pay the cashier $80, then take a seat until someone comes to get you for an interview.  The interview process is just to be sure you’re a good fit for the program and to be sure you understand the rules.  I suspect that most people qualify, unless they have a disability or horrible criminal history.


There are only four sites available on weekends, so if you’re not working during the week you should expect to do your work project time Monday through Friday.  The four weekend sites are Roseville Road and Meadowview Road, where you will meet and be transported by bus to another location.  The Light Rail Station in Folsom is the third location.  If the area is already clean, they’ll give you a free ride on Light Rail to another station to clean that area.  A return trip is also included!  The fourth site is the cemetery at Broadway and Riverside Blvd.  This site is for men only.  On days other than weekends, there are a number of locations and people doing work project from Elk Grove all the way to Citrus Heights.  If you are a low risk offender with a longer sentence and a skill like carpentry, they may have you work on the toy project in Rancho Cordova.


They may offer you another program if you’re not in school or working that is Monday-Thursday and lasts for two weeks. It’s basically a life skills program, in a classroom setting, that gives you some tools to help with getting employed.


The second program is Work Furlough/Home Detention. It’s located to the left of the Work Project Office.  Follow the cement path up from the street until you see a sign that says, Home Detention.  Look to your left and you’ll see a blue door that says, Home Detention Sheriffs Work Release Program on it.  The hours on the door say 8:00am to 4:00pm but they only accept applications until 2:00pm, so don’t cut it too close. I’m told that mornings are generally busy and the best time to show up is between about 11:00am and 2:00pm.


I suggest that you make a brief stop at the Probation Office on your way to the Home Detention Office and pick up a “No Presentence Probation Report Letter.”  It’s just one less thing you’ll have to do later.  Probation is at 711 “E” Street, fairly close to the courthouse. You’ll just need the jail commitment paperwork from court and some form of ID. If your case was a DUI, you may not have a Driver’s License. In this instance, you may want to apply for a California ID card, as you’ll need ID for the Home Detention Program at some point as well. When you show up, realize there may be other people already there and there are generally just one or two people to help people signing up. You definitely shouldn’t count on this being as quick as the drive through at McDonald’s. You’ll get a brief explanation of the program and a small handful of papers that you’ll be asked to fill out and return with a money order or cashier’s check for $130.  It is possible to pay with cash, a credit or debit card next door at the Work Project Facility but it may be more trouble than it’s worth.


When you return all your completed paperwork, you’ll be given a date to return for an interview. On the day of the interview, you’ll be asked to watch a 10-15 minute video that will give you a general explanation of the program. Then you’ll talk with someone about the specifics of your case, your past record of arrests, the costs of the program, etc. It may seem odd that they want to know about cases that didn’t result in a conviction but they are just trying to ensure that they don’t have difficulties with you later.


If you are lucky enough to just have one or two days to serve, you may be able to avoid the full blown interview. If you’re determined to be suitable, they have a voice recognition program that is much simpler and doesn’t involve a bunch of equipment. It will also avoid the need to return equipment after your time is served.


Most people are fitted with the Radio Frequency equipment. It consists of a base unit that you take home and attach to your telephone with cords that they provide. It also includes an ankle bracelet that is attached to you.  You get all the instructions on the day you start the program. You won’t be able to work on the day the program is started because you’ll need to hook up the equipment and be home for the Sheriffs to check and make sure it’s operating properly. While the equipment may work outside the house, they suggest strongly you stay inside to avoid potential problems.


If you have a traveling type of job or you’re a high risk applicant (heavy duty crime, DUI injury or long sentence), you’ll likely be fitted with a GPS unit. This unit has to be plugged in and charged for two hours every day.


There’s a third device that includes an alcohol sensor that you have to blow into at random times.  It also photographs the person blowing into the device.


They may also be using an alcohol sensing bracelet called SCRAM. SCRAM is an ankle bracelet that tests for alcohol regularly and some units have GPS.


There are charges for the program but it is better that you get that information directly from the people running the program.


Sometime after the interview you’ll get an acceptance or denial letter in the mail with instructions on what to do next.


Once a week you’ll get 4 hours of time to go grocery shopping, go to doctor appointments, church, etc.  You will also be able to go to any court ordered programs like the DUI School. If something comes up that feels important you can turn in a Kite when you show up for your weekly urine test.


They do a general screen for drugs and you would be advised to disclose any prescription medications you are taking. You’ll be asked to fill out a pink paper with all your medications. You must also bring the pill bottles with your name and information with you, so there’s no misunderstanding later. A Prop 215 marijuana card isn’t a prescription for purposes of this program.


When the Sheriffs visit your home or work place they do so in unmarked vehicles and in civilian clothes, so they don’t attract unwanted attention.  If they have to visit your workplace, they’ll try to make an appointment with your employer first.


Anyone over 18 years of age living in your home will also need to sign the Occupant’s Agreement/Permission to Search form at the Home Detention Office.


No alcohol or weapons are allowed in the home while you are on the program.


While you may not be automatically excluded from the program, arson, sex crimes or crimes of violence cause the Sheriff some concern and they will look closely at your application before agreeing to accept you.


The last program is the Alternative Sentence Program. It’s basically community service that is monitored by the Sheriff’s Office.  There are sites throughout Sacramento County and I’m told it’s easy to find a place to work 6 hour shifts, which count as one day. It is possible to do 7 days a week if necessary. If you’re in a bigger hurry than that there is even one location that can accommodate 2 shifts in one day but it’ll keep you busy from 6:00am until about 10:00pm.


There is a cost but you’ll have to work it out with the people running the program. There are about 900 people in the program now, so it must be working.

Dec 11

DUI Schools Near Me: The Definitive Guide to DUI Programs in The County of Sacramento

By ali | Uncategorized

Terra Nova DDP has three locations in the Sacramento area.  I made a point of visiting each of the locations and spent some time speaking with the director since I had many of the same questions you probably have.  I’ll cover many of the questions and the answers I was given below.

John Doe

Sacramento DUI Attorney 

Call & Double Check the Days/Hours Classes are Offered

In some instances, what I was told and what is on Terra Nova's website differs. 

Terra Nova DDP DUI Class Locations

Near Natomas Area

4700 Northgate Blvd., Ste 122(Corner of Northgate Blvd. & Del Paso Rd.)

Sacramento, CA  95834

(916) 564-0600

Mondays         8:30 - 4:30  Lunch 12:00 - 12:30

Tuesdays         11:30 - 6:00  Lunch 2:30 - 3:30

Wednesday    11:30 - 6:00  Lunch 2:30 - 3:30

Thursdays        11:30 - 6:00  Lunch 2:30 - 3:30

Fridays             8:30 - 6:00 Lunch 2:30 - 3:30

Saturday          8:30 - 4:30  Lunch 11:15 - 11:45              

Sundays: Closed

Near Carmichael & Fair Oaks Area

5777 Madison Avenue, Ste 590(Corner of Madison Ave. & Manzanita Ave.)

Sacramento, CA  95841

(916) 239-6379

(916) 999-0108

Tuesdays        8:30 – 4:00 

Wednesdays  8:30 – 4:00

Fridays          11:30 – 4:00  

Saturdays       8:30 – 5:00  Groups only 

Near Downtown Sacramento

2012 H Street, Ste 101 & 102 (Corner of 20th & H Street)

Sacramento, CA  95811

(916) 444-5680


Thursday:         11:30 AM to 2:30 PM                        3:30 PM to 6:30  PM

Wednesday:      9:00 AM to 2:30 PM

                        3:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Friday:               8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

                        3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Closed Saturdays and Sundays

Frequently Asked Questions

Which of your facilities have Saturday hours?

The Northgate Boulevard and Madison Avenue facilities offer classes on Saturdays.

What are the different programs offered?

There is a Wet Reckless class that is 6 weeks for a total of 12 hours.  There are three levels of First Offender Programs. They are 3 months for a total of 30 hours, 6 months for a total of 45 hours and 9 months for a total of 60 hours. Then there is the Multiple Offender Program that lasts 18 months.

Why are there different lengths of First Offender Programs?

All courts order a 3 month or 9 month class.  The 9 month class is ordered for BACs of .20 or higher, refusal of chemical test cases and Wet 2nds. The 3 month class is ordered for BACs below .20.  In some courts like Sacramento, the 6 month class is ordered on cases with BACs of .15-.19.

Do each of the Terra Nova locations offer all the classes?

The Northgate Blvd. and H Street locations offer all classes.  The Madison Ave. location only offers the Wet and First Offender Programs.

What are the costs of the different classes?

The Wet Class is $300.00, the First Offender 3 month is $675.00, the 6 month is $860.00, the 9 month is $1140.00 and the Multiple Offender 18 month class is $1700.00.

Do you offer payment plans?


How many different ways can you tell somebody that it’s dangerous to drink and drive?

Our topics for Education are alcoholism and addiction, medical aspects, family consequences, legal aspects, alternatives and choices, chemical dependency, alcohol and nutrition, attitude and behaviors, DUI consequences and distracted driving.

How many hours or weeks is Education?

It’s for 6 weeks. It can be done anywhere in the program as long as it’s done.

How do you deliver the Education?  Is that something that they can sit on the computer and do on their own?

No computer.  It’s usually a couple of films to watch, then a counselor or facilitator takes over.

How many people are allowed in the various classes?

We can have 15 people in the process group and 35 in an education group.

What happens if a person misses class?

The number of allowed absences depends on the length of the program.  The Wet Program allows 2 absences, the 3 month class allows 5 absences, the 6 and 9 month classes allow 7 absences and the 18 month class allows 10 absences.

If a person is going to be on an extended work trip or vacation or too ill to attend, how do you handle that?

A leave of absence from the program is allowed with proof of the trip or illness.

If someone shows up under the influence do you send them back to court?

If they’re already enrolled we have to.  If they haven’t enrolled yet, we don’t but we don’t let them drive away either.  We tell them to have someone pick them up.

Dec 03

First Offense non-injury DUI in Sacramento County

By Admin | Uncategorized

The following information is simply meant to give you some insight into how a case might move through the system in Sacramento County.  Hopefully this will give you the tools you need to make the right decisions based on the facts and circumstances of your own case.  If you are only interested in the possible penalties for a first offense non-injury DUI in Sacramento County, scroll to the end of this article.


DUI cases begin with law enforcement making contact with an individual suspected of DUI.  Law enforcement may pull you over or make contact with you after you are already stopped, parked or out of the vehicle.  Sometimes people are in parking lots, on the side or middle of the road or have been in an accident.  Driving is a required element in California DUI cases.  If law enforcement pulls you over, they have direct evidence of driving.  When law enforcement doesn’t see you drive they are using circumstantial evidence to show that you did drive while under the influence.


You will have been arrested and taken to jail, released to a responsible adult or left at the hospital.  If you were taken to jail and not required to post a bail bond, you will have been given a written promise to appear for court at a specific date and time in Department 2 of the Sacramento Superior Court, located at 720 Ninth Street Sacramento, CA  95814.  In Sacramento, arrested individuals are normally given a court date about three (3) weeks after their arrest.


On your written promise to appear, you will notice that law enforcement has placed the proposed charges about three (3) inches from the bottom of the page.  This is what the arresting officer thinks you should be charged with.  The Sacramento County District Attorney is responsible for almost every DUI case that comes through Sacramento County and the actual filing decision is in their hands.  In most instances, the charges will be as you see on the paperwork you received at the jail.


Changes in the law have added new code sections related to DUI.  California Vehicle Code §23152(f) is the new charge for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs.  Prior to January 1, 2014, California Vehicle Code §23152(a) covered Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol.  California Vehicle Code §23152(g) is the new charge for Driving under the combined Influence of Drugs and Alcohol.


If you were left at a hospital, law enforcement will send the reports to the District Attorney’s Office with a Warrant Request.  Then it is up to the District Attorney to decide whether charges should be filed and, if so, to notify you.  If you get a Warrant Notice in the mail, you will need to be booked (fingerprinted and photographed) and given a court date and time to appear.  The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, Warrant Bureau is located at 711 “G” Street, on the 7th Street side of the building.  If you’re nervous about them taking you into custody, have a reputable bail bond company or attorney contact the warrant bureau make sure you will be cited and released.  The paperwork you will be given looks similar to what a person is given that is booked into the county jail, however, it should include the actual charges and your docket number.


Some court days are busier than others and I suggest you get to court early, as parking may be limited around the courthouse.  The new and improved meters take quarters or credit cards and there are two separate parking structures.  The County lot is located between “G” & “H” Streets and 7th & 8th Streets.  There is also a private lot in the alley, between “G” & “H” Streets, across from the courthouse fountain.  After some initial announcements by the bailiff outside the courtroom, you will be allowed to enter Department 2.  If your case hasn’t yet been filed the Bailiff will have you sign a paper and you will be given a new court date.  If the District Attorney has rejected the filing of charges, you will be told that they still have up to one (1) year to do so.  As a practical matter it’s very unlikely that this will happen, as an attorney in the District Attorney’s Intake Department has already reviewed the reports and made the decision to reject the case.  It helps to be one of the first people in the courtroom so you can find an aisle seat as far forward as possible.  If you have hired an attorney you may not be required to appear in court, although some attorneys may want you there.


Sacramento is one of the four counties participating in the Ignition Interlock Pilot Program under Assembly Bill 91.  If you are convicted of a first offense DUI in Sacramento County you will be ordered by DMV to put the IID on any vehicles you own or operate for a period of 5 months.  You will receive a letter from DMV shortly after you resolve your case instructing you to install the IID.  If you do not own a vehicle and/or only drive an employer’s vehicle you may qualify for an exemption.  Read the letter carefully, follow the instructions and respond quickly as there are time limits to do so.  As of 1/1/2019, SB 1046 will be replacing the Pilot County Program.   There is some uncertainty about the details but it may be possible to avoid any license suspension at all by complying with certain requirements quickly.






The basic penalties in Sacramento County for a first (1st) offense non-injury DUI, based on a Blood or Breath test between .08 and .14, are as follows:






Three (3) years informal probation-this means: 1. Obey all laws

  1. Don’t drink and drive
  2. Don’t refuse a chemical test (blood/breath)
  3. Don’t drive without a valid license/insurance
  4. Search/Seizure of Blood if lawfully arrested for DUI




48 hours jail-The court will normally have no objection to any of the sheriff’s alternatives to jail.  In fact, it’s unusual for this county to order any actual in custody jail time on a 1st offense DUI. The alternatives include work project and work furlough/home detention.  If you intend to ask for community service hours, you should bring evidence of a disability or evidence that you live in a county without a reciprocal agreement with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office for the normal alternatives to jail or that you live outside of California.


There are numerous reasons why the prosecution might ask for more jail time.


If an individual has prior DUI(s) or Wet Reckless offense(s) outside the 10 year statutory period, they are often asking for an additional five (5) days of time for each offense.


They will ask for two (2) extra days for every point above .15 BAC.  For instance, if the BAC is .25, you should expect the offer to include 20 additional days.


A Refusal of the evidentiary chemical test, under California Vehicle Code §23577 and §23538(b)(2) cause difficulty with the criminal case in terms of the length of DUI school ordered and with the term of the DMV license suspension.  In addition to this, the District Attorney’s policy is to ask for 30 days of time for the refusal alone.  This is on top of the regular sentence.


An Excessive Speed enhancement, under California Vehicle Code §23582 for driving 30mph over the posted speed limit on the highway or 20mph over the posted speed limit on surface streets, where the driving is reckless as defined in California Vehicle Code §23103, will add 60 days of time to the regular sentence.


A minor passenger under the age of 14 gives rise to an enhancement under California Vehicle Code §23572.  The District Attorney is asking for two (2) days of time (in custody) for each minor passenger, in addition to the regular sentence.


PC4019 credits-Sacramento County only makes people do half the time ordered by the court.  Additionally, you no longer have to pay for the half of the days that you don’t actually do.


Residential treatment – the court will likely allow day for day credit, in lieu of time, but you don’t get half time like you do with jail, work project or home detention.


Outpatient treatment – may reduce number of days but don’t expect day for day credit.






The fines are the only consequence of a DUI that have actually been reduced in many years.  They total about $2400.00 and you can pay them in full downstairs in Room 102 after court or you can agree to pay the fines over time through the Department of Revenue Recovery (DRR).    If for any reason you don’t receive a bill within about a month give them a call at (916) 875-7500.  If you decide to make payments, DRR adds about $65.00 to the bill to set up an account.  As of January 1, 2017, the Sacramento Courts are allowing people to convert about $2000.00 of the total fines to 4 additional days of time in jail or in one of the sheriff’s alternatives.




If restitution is ordered to a victim (this can be an individual or government agency) that will appear on your bill as well.  DRR adds 10% of the restitution bill to the account as a handling charge.  The most obvious reason restitution is ordered is if you cause an accident and someone is injured or there is property damage.  Your own insurance will often cover this type of restitution and you shouldn’t have to pay the victim twice.  Another reason restitution is being ordered more and more frequently is because the government will want to recover the costs of time spent for what is known as Emergency Response Costs.  (See Government Code(s) § 53150-53159.)  Often times, restitution is ordered in an amount to be determined.  If you receive a letter from DRR instructing you to call them if you disagree with the restitution amount claimed by a victim, you must follow the directions in the letter and contact them by the date listed.  If you fail to do so, you are effectively agreeing to pay that amount of restitution.  It is also advisable to contact your attorney, if you were represented, because the attorney is not notified.  The case will then be set for a formal restitution hearing where the DA will present evidence or the victim will appear in court to justify the claim.




A three (3), six (6) or nine (9) month DUI school will be ordered.  The different lengths of classes are based on the BAC.  A BAC up to .14 will require a three (3) month class, a BAC of .15-.19 will require a six (6) month class and a Refusal or BAC of .20 or higher will require a nine (9) month class. The costs of the programs in Sacramento are $675.00, $860.00 and $1140.00, respectively.  The courses are 30, 45 or 60 hours total.  There is not a way to truly accelerate the programs and finish earlier, although some schools may be more flexible or creative in how they get you through their program and still comply with State requirements.  There are a limited number of allowable absences.  If you live out of State you may want to ask the court to order but stay the DUI school, as you don’t want to be in violation of the terms and conditions of your probation. There are DUI Schools throughout the State.





Additionally, if you live outside of California, there is a once in a lifetime ability to get the California DMV to lift the hold on your privilege to drive without completing a DUI school or installing an Ignition Interlock Device.  This may not work if you Refused the chemical test or your BAC was .20 or higher.  First you will need to wait until all the mandatory suspension time is over.  Then you will need to apply for a 1650 Waiver with the Mandatory Actions Unit at DMV by calling (916) 657-6525. They will mail the necessary forms to you at your Out of State address.  You will need to provide DMV with evidence that you live outside of California, file an SR22 with the California DMV for three (3) years and agree that if you move to California within three (3) years you will take and complete the appropriate DUI school.





If you call the Law Office of Denis White for a free consultation, we will be asking you for information contained on the white agreement to appear as well as the pink temporary license if one was given to you.  The sooner you call, the more time you’ll have to make an informed decision on how you want to proceed.

Dec 01

UC San Diego in the News

By ali | Uncategorized

PSA: Drugged Driving is Dangerous

UCSD School of Medicine Professor Linda Hill has been working with the school’s Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety (TREDS) for 15 years.  They have four public service videos (see above) to teach drivers about the consequences of driving while drugged.  TREDS web address is:

Hill says people that use Marijuana products should wait before driving, the same as is recommended for alcohol.  Her advice is that people smoking Marijuana should wait four hours before driving.  She also indicated that edibles can delay the effects and last for eight hours.

A grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is funding TREDS “Higher Education: Driving High is DUI” campaign.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 2016 report on drivers killed in collisions showed Marijuana is the most commonly detected drug, followed by Opiods.  NHTSA also launched a new safety campaign over the Labor Day holiday weekend in 2018; “If You Feel Different, You Drive Different.” Heidi King, NHTSA Deputy Administrator said that “A driver’s judgment and ability to react are both impaired when driving high, but many drivers don’t realize that it’s dangerous and illegal.”  Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is illegal throughout the United States.

NHTSA Short Videos on Driving Under the Influence

The fact that driving under the influence is dangerous is nothing new but many people take prescription medications without being a danger to other motorists. In other words, having drugs in your system doesn’t automatically mean you are under the influence for purposes of a DUI.  Consider the following definition from CALCRIM 2110, which is one of the jury instructions given at the end of a trial in CA before the jury is sent out to deliberate:

A person is under the influence if, as a result of (drinking [or

consuming] an alcoholic beverage/ [and/or] taking a drug), his or her

mental or physical abilities are so impaired that he or she is no longer

able to drive a vehicle with the caution of a sober person, using

ordinary care, under similar circumstances.

TIP: Don't drive under the influence and you'll avoid needing to Google "SACRAMENTO DUI ATTORNEYS"

Our local CSU is doing their part to keep students safe as well. California State University Sacramento
has a program called Safe Rides. Associated Students Inc. offers to reimburse students up to $20 per
semester for using a ride share app of their choice during the Fall and Spring semesters, while funds last.
The students have to travel between 10pm -2am, Wednesday through Saturday. Complete instructions
can be found at:

The last night this can be used for the Fall semester is tomorrow, 12/8/18, so get your free rides in quick
before the winter break.

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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