For those convicted of a DUI, there are many types of penalties you can face. Depending on your jurisdiction, criminal history and seriousness of the charge against you, the penalties can vary. However, in many cases it is possible for a judge to place you on parole instead of having you serve jail in already over-crowded jails.
During a probation period, you are assigned to a probation officer. Your probation officer will require you to meet with him or her at designated times (usually once or twice a week). The probation officer will seek to keep you alcohol-free by questioning you and knowing your whereabouts. He or she may check in with your employer or school to make sure you are meeting your obligations. It’s your responsibility to meet with your probation officer at the appropriate time.
Am I Allowed to Drive During My Probation?
Depending on the outcome of your probation hearings, the court may allow you to receive some of your driving privileges back. While you are on probation, you are only to drive when you have the appropriate license. If you are found to drive illegally during your probation period, your penalties will only be enhanced! Having your DUI attorney present to represent you at your probation hearing is imperative because they can greatly affect the outcome of your hearing.
To prevent you from drinking and driving in the future, the court may order you to receive alcohol treatment or attend drunk driving school while you are on probation. If you complete these programs successfully during your probation period, your penalties can be reduced.
How Long Does Probation Tend to Last?
It really depends on your state and the circumstances surrounding your DUI case. However, for a first-offense DUI you can expect to face probation from 3 months to 1 year. If you are a repeat DUI offender or you were involved in an aggravated DUI, such as seriously injuring someone, your probation can last up to 5 years or even longer.
Remember, if you violate the rules and obligations of your probation, you can face serious penalties such as jail time, fines or even longer probation.