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Legal Aid

The following resources are designed to help Sonoma County residents navigate the legal system, often at little to no cost.

Patients’ Rights Advocacy for Sonoma County

Patients’ rights advocacy (PRA) services for Sonoma County are managed by the SmithWaters Group, a professional PRA organization with over five decades of collective experience providing PRA services in the region. PRA duties include grievance response from clients, staff, and community members; mandated PRA audits; certifications and trainings; and quarterly and annual reports of patients’ rights services. 

If you have a question or concern regarding your rights as a patient in Sonoma County, or those of a loved one, please leave a message at the PRA Line at (707) 565-4978. You can also email 

Legal Aid of Sonoma County

Legal Aid of Sonoma County (144 South E Street, #100, Santa Rosa) offers workshops to Sonoma County residents every month on matters related to clearing criminal records and resolving outstanding legal issues. All workshops are free for clients of SonomaWORKS, and $10.00 for other attendees.

2019 Workshops – Call (707) 542-1289 to reserve a space or learn more.

  • Driver’s License Retrieval: Information about reinstating your license for criminal or administrative issues. Bring DMV printout and a list of fines to the workshop. Held July 2, September 3, and November 5.

  • Cleaning Up Criminal Records: Determine if you qualify to have your convictions dismissed. Bring criminal docket from court. Held July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12, and December 10.

  • Family Law/Custody: Information about general family law issues and procedures, including divorce, child support, and custody. Held July 10, August 14, October 9, November 13, and December 11.

Sonoma County Bar Association

The Sonoma County Bar Association (SCBA) maintains an state-certified Lawyer Referral Service designed to help people find the right lawyer for their situation. More than 60 attorneys experienced in 23 major fields of law are available to serve you. Counselors will help you determine the legal nature of your situation, and if the services of an attorney are needed, a half-hour initial consultation is made for only $50. There is no obligation to retain the attorney to whom you are referred; if a referral to a different agency is required, counselors will direct you.  

Call (707) 546-5297 to get started.

Sonoma County Public Law Library

The public Law Library (2604 Ventura Ave, Santa Rosa) is an excellent resource for legal research. The collection consists of over 29,000 volumes on federal, state, and county law. Library staff are available to assist in locating and using materials, but cannot provide legal advice. A directory of community resources is available at the library’s front desk. The library also provides access to Westlaw, an online research service for state and federal cases and codes. As of 2019, the library is also an official site for applying for a U.S. Passport. 

The library is open 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Mon – Fri. For information, call (707) 565-2668.

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