Driving under the influence is a serious crime in every state. Typically, a person will be arrested for DUI if his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 percent. However, in some states, you may be charged even if your BAC is lower if the prosecution can prove that your driving was impaired by alcohol. A DUI may be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the factors surrounding your arrest.
Receiving Probation As A DUI Penalty
There are many punishments that may be ordered after a DUI conviction: jail time, community service, mandatory alcohol classes, fines, and a driver’s license suspension. The judge may also sentence you to DUI probation.
The length of a DUI probation period differs based on the state and the circumstances involved in the drunk-driving charge. The DUI probation period for a misdemeanor offense ranges from three months to one year. For a more serious DUI charge, the probation period may last several years.
If a person on probation commits any new crime during the probation period, he or she faces enhanced punishments. This could be new jail time, new fines, or a longer probation period.
It is crucial that you understand and comply all of the terms and conditions of your probation. You will be assigned to a designated probation officer who will meet with you to ensure all conditions are being met. This may include alcohol treatment and counseling, vehicle restrictions, and “DUI School” requirements.
Administrative License Suspension
In addition to criminal sentences for DUI, you are subject to administrative penalties. The Department of Motor Vehicles may suspend your driver’s license during a DUI probation period. However, you may be eligible for a temporary permit that would allow you to drive to and from school, work, and other necessary locations. If you are caught driving illegally during probation, you face enhanced sentencing.
An experienced DUI defense attorney can help you with your DUI probation, along with other aspects of your DUI case. If you have been charged with drinking and driving, a good attorney will ensure that your rights are upheld and may even have your charges minimized.
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