The Napa County District Attorney’s office has said that persons charged with driving on a suspended license will be able to avoid jail. County officials said violators will need to complete a diversion program and obtain a new license within a six-month time period.
The Napa Valley Register reported that the DA’s office will dismiss the charge of driving with a suspended license as long as the program is complete and the offender does not commit any new crimes.
County officials are hopeful the new program will help reduce the population of the Napa County Jail. At current, those caught driving with a suspended license could face up to six months jail time. Napa County spokeswoman Elizabeth Emmett told The Register that the goal of the program is to ensure that offenders are in possession of valid driver’s licenses and to help keep them out of jail.
It is currently estimated that about 500 in Napa County are prosecuted each year for driving with a suspended license.
The Napa County Jail is operated by the Napa Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department services the unincorporated areas of Lake Berryessa, Angwin, Yountville, St. Helena, Napa, American Canyon and Calistoga.