the dui anatomy of a flowchart

Where to Begin?

For those people who don’t want to read a lot of text but would rather see a diagram explanation of the entire Sonoma County DUI process, Ryan searched the internet for a good DUI lawyer diagram which can show how it all starts, where a person arrested for DUI is in the process, and what can happen next.

He didn’t find anything adequate and decided to write his own flowchart depicting all kinds of directions which a Sonoma County DUI case may take, from police stop and DUI arrest to Santa Rosa court appearances, and from the pink temporary license, to DMV hearing, to driving again.

To start understanding what you're facing in your situation, begin with this Anatomy of a DUI flowchart.

Next, look at Ryan's Sonoma DUI Lawyer Top 10 Questions from Everyone (and afterwards, if applicable, read the Top Questions from Non-Residents, or Minors/Parents, or Multiple Offenders).

Next, read Ryan's Sonoma DUI Lawyer 10 Tips for the First 48 Hours After Arrest. Then, Ryan's remaining DUI lawyer Tips articles on this website, about "Fighting Your DUI Case," "Easing the Consequences of a DUI," and "Getting Your License Back," as well as the large DUI "Resources" sections, which will become useful in the later stages of a typical Santa Rosa DUI case, as you can see shown on the DUI Anatomy flowchart.

All of these information links can always easily be found at the top of each page of this Sonoma County DUI attorney website.

Arrests Prior to January 1, 2019

Our 2020 Anatomy of a Sonoma DUI flowchart is an updated discussion of issues related to DUI arrests occurring on or after January 1, 2019 (arrest or detention date, not conviction date). For a discussion of issues related to Sonoma DUI arrests prior to 2019, click on this Pre-2019 Anatomy of a Sonoma DUI.

Charges Reduced
Client charged with vehicular homicide. Ryan successfully negotiated for client to avoid a criminal conviction by being placed in a 6-month diversion plan.
  • Case Dismissed
    Facing a three year prison term. Acquitted of the felony charge at jury trial, and granted informal probation for the misdemeanor charge with no jail time to serve.
  • Case Dismissed
    Battery charge dismissed halfway through trial, and the jury hung on the resisting charge.
  • Case Dismissed
    Facing up to a year in jail. This case went to jury trial twice. The first time around, a mistrial was granted based on inadmissible evidence being introduced by the prosecution. We did not give up and tried the case a second time. When it came to light that video evidence ...
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