DA earns federal grant to prosecute DUI cases

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch, who says she has been aggressively prosecuting impaired drivers, has received for the second straight year a tool to continue her department's DUI crackdown.

The DA's office announced last week it received a $400,000 federal grant to prosecute DUI cases.

The grant allows the DA's office to fund two prosecutors dedicated to DUI cases. They receive specialized training, including training on drug-impaired driving, Ravitch said.

"We have made DUI prosecution a priority, and we are seeing tremendous results," she said. "We are thrilled to receive this grant for a second year."

During the first year of the grant, The DA's office filed 1,567 DUI cases. Of those, 1,208 cases resulted in a guilty plea, two resulted in a not guilty outcome or a hung jury and the rest are pending, Ravitch said.

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