What are the Conditions of Probation?
Besides the fine and court cost which are monetary, the next is a period of probation. You may recall that a DUI, or first time DUI, in most jurisdictions is a misdemeanor. That means that the maximum probation period is usually between 1 to 2 years. Probation or the probationary period of time is the time when the person who has been convicted of a DUI, DWI or OUI would report in person to a probation officer. The purpose of a probation officer is to make sure the person if following the rules and guidelines that the judge gave them at the time of sentencing. Those rules may include paying the fine or court cost, going to DUI School, or attending alcohol awareness classes, attending Alcohol Anonymous meetings, performing certain community service hours for non-profit organizations or organizations that are connected to law enforcement. It also may include in conditions of probation, to avoid alcohol establishments. You may also be required to submit to random urine screens to make sure that you’re not consuming alcohol or any controlled substance. Another condition in which you may have to enroll and successfully complete is a victim impact panel or victim awareness panel. This is where a speaker, someone who may have had a loved one injured by a DUI driver, tells their personal story in order to affect your future driving patterns.
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