If you get convicted of a DUI, chances are part of your sentence may include probation. This includes a list of mandatory promises that you will be required to keep in order to possibly have your sentence reduced and even avoid jail time. If you violate your probation, you will find yourself back in court and the judge may choose to sentence you to the maximum sentence allowed by law. This could include both heavy fines and jail time.
Some of the terms of probation for a DUI conviction can include the following:
- Driving prohibition
- Ignition interlock device installation
- Alcohol awareness/substance abuse classes
- Urine test
- Monitoring your alcohol intake
- Avoiding any further criminal violations
- Community service
- Restitution payment
Depending on how severe your DUI is, how many you may have had previously, and what other factors may be involved, your probation sentence could last between six months and ten years. While on probation, you will be required to report to your assigned probation officer. This individual will keep track of all of your progress in terms of your sentence. If you fail to meet all of the terms of your probation, then the officer is required to inform the court as soon as possible.
Generally defined, a probation violation involves one or more of the terms of your sentence not being met, regardless of whether it’s intentional or unintentional. The violations can be either minor or serious, and many jurisdictions typically have protocols that are predetermined that probation officers must follow when it comes to reporting a violation. Violations can also lead to stiff penalties and fines, including an extension of the initial probation term or imposing a jail sentence.
Being sentenced to probation can also lead to various types of restrictions on your own lifestyle, including prohibiting driving. In a few states, you must also speak with your assigned probation officer if you wish to make any kind of a trip that is outside the jurisdiction which your sentence was imposed, or even wear an ankle monitor that is designed to detect alcohol in your system. Always staying away from alcohol during the duration of your sentence will always increase the chances that you will successfully complete it.
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