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Probation Basics

A DUI conviction carries a number of severe penalties that may limit your freedoms and your professional and educational opportunities. If you are convicted of a DUI, one of the punishments that the court may order is a probation period. While you are on probation, you will have to meet strict requirements to stay in compliance and must meet with a probation officer on a regular basis. Not meeting the conditions of your probation could lead to more severe penalties.

If you are put on probation, be sure to talk to your supervisory officer and make sure you understand all of the terms of your probation. Typically, under DUI probation you will have to abstain from drinking alcohol for the period of your probation and may have to take random breathalyzer tests. Other terms may include a curfew, educational programs, driving restrictions, restrictions on leaving the state or country, and community service.

Failing to comply with the terms of your probation could result in your probation being extended, heavy fines, or being sentenced to jail. If you are not fully informed of the conditions of your probation, you may accidentally break one of the terms of your probation. If you have been arrested for a DUI probation violation, consider contacting a DUI defense lawyer immediately. He or she may be able to arrange bail for you and negotiate with your probation officer to give you a second chance at probation instead of being sentenced to jail.

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