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 www.sacsheriff.com:

  • 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

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: tgwoodland.com
  • 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: taqueriaquetzal.com

    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: petesrandb.com

    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
    • Website: theburgersaloon.com

    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
    • Website: mojoskitchen428.com

    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. 

    Osaka

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    • Distance from Courthouse: .3 Mile
    • Walking Time: 5 Minutes
    • Driving Time: 1 minutes
    • Website: osakawoodland.com

    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
    • Website: morgans-on-main.com

    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. 

    Chickpeas

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    • Distance from Courthouse: .1 Mile
    • Walking Time: 3 Minutes
    • Driving Time: 1 minutes
    • Website: gochickpeas.com

    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
    • Website: savorycafeonmain.com

    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
    • Website: thaipepperwoodland.com

    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
    • Website: marias-cantina.com

    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.