Convictions for driving under the influence (DUI) in California can have a number of serious consequences. You could be fined, sent to jail, and subjected to a license suspension. You may also be placed on probation for at least three years following your conviction.
While on probation, you are legally required to adhere to any requirements set down by the judge handling your case. Disregarding these requirements can lead to a probation violation. The Simmrin Law Group can help you review the consequences of a DUI probation violation right here.
Results of a DUI Probation Violation in California
Violating your probation after a DUI conviction can lead to a number of serious repercussions. You can be arrested for violating your probation. After your arrest, a judge can assess your case and hand down new penalties. You may have:
Your Probation Revoked
The court can revoke your probation, forcing you to serve jail time after a probation violation. Depending upon your situation, the court may require that you serve out the original jail sentence associated with your charges. The court can also make you serve the maximum amount of time for a DUI conviction, which can be up to six months for a first-time offense.
Your Probation Extended
Sometimes, the court will restart your probationary period following a probation violation. In other situations, extra time will be added onto your probation, though you will not be forced to start over again from the beginning.
Extra Terms Added to Your Probation
Finally, the court can add harsher terms to the regulations governing your probation. A judge may require you to perform extra community service, attend counseling, or complete addiction treatment. These are only examples of the terms that could be added to your probation.
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Methods to Violate DUI Probation in California
There are a number of ways to violate your DUI probation while in California. Violations depend upon the specific terms handed down by the court when you are convicted. However, in general, you can always violate your probation if you:
- Do not pay restitution, fines, or court assessments
- Do not enroll in court-ordered programs
- Do not complete court-ordered programs
- Do not attend all required appearances in court
- Do not meet with your probation officer
These violations are standard to many criminal charges in the state of California. You can also violate your probation in ways specifically associated with DUI charges. For example, you may be accused of a probation violation if you:
- Drink any amount of alcohol and operate a motor vehicle
- Refuse to take a blood alcohol content (BAC) test after a police stop
- Do not install an ignition interlock device (IID) if so ordered
- Do not wear your Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor (SCRAM) device
Any of these actions could result in a probation violation. Make sure you understand the specific terms of your probation by speaking to a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles.
Get Help with DUI Probation Violations in Los Angeles
As you can see, a DUI probation violation can have serious impacts on your life. However, you don’t have to just accept probation violation charges. A DUI lawyer in Los Angeles could be able to help you handle accusations that you violated your probation.
The team at the Simmrin Law Group can stand up for you in and out of the courtroom. We may be able to show that you did not violate your probation, allowing you to avoid harsh penalties in California.
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Deal with DUI Charges Before a Conviction
DUI probation can leave you facing harsh regulations that can make your life more difficult. You may be able to avoid a lengthy period of probation if you work with a DUI lawyer as soon as you are arrested. A legal professional could be able to:
- Secure you a deal with probation conditions you can live with
- Work to get your charges dismissed completely
- Bring you a favorable verdict in the courtroom
Resolving your DUI charges successfully may allow you to avoid probation altogether. Find out more about your options by working with the Simmrin Law Group today.
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Speak with a Lawyer About a DUI Probation Violation
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