Category Archives for "DUI News"

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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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.