Consequences of a DUI Probation Violation
By: Mike Stetzer
Certain individuals that are convicted of DUI (driving under the influence) are sentenced to probation, a criminal penalty that can serve as an alternative to a prison sentence.
Many first time DUI offenders feel that they are entitled to probation; however, this is a misconception. The decision to grant you probation is made by the court only. You are not automatically entitled to probation.
For this and many other reasons, it may be in your best interest to consult with a DUI attorney. Fill out the form below for a free, no-obligation consultation. Ask the attorney about the likelihood that you could receive probation.
Conditions for Probation
Each state has their own stipulations on DUI probation conditions; however, most DUI probationers are required to check in with a DUI probation officer periodically and follow a strict code of behavior to avoid being sentenced to more serious penalties.
DUI probation conditions may include:
- wearing an alcohol-monitoring device;
- submitting to random sobriety tests;
- limiting driving privileges;
- paying court costs or fees as ordered;
- avoiding any major moving violations or criminal violations;
- attending alcohol counseling; and/or
- submitting to alcohol evaluations.
DUI Probation Violations
Remember that when you were sentenced to DUI probation, it was an alternative to the judge sentencing you to prison or jail time. There may be very serious consequences if you happen to violate DUI probation.
Consequences can vary in severity, but may include incarceration for the remainder of the probation time, loss of driving privileges, extension of the probation period, fines and/or mandatory community service.
If you have violated conditions of your DUI probation sentence, a DUI attorney may be able to help reduce the severity of your punishment.
Additional DUI Probation Information:
If you or someone you know is facing DUI charges, don't hesitate to contact a DUI attorney to fight for you. Connect with a local DUI lawyer who can evaluate your case by filing out our free DUI case evaluation form or by calling 1(877) 349-1311.
The above summary is by no means all-inclusive and is not legal advice. For further information on this topic, speak with a local DUI attorney.