After being convicted of a criminal offense, the judge might put you on probation – either as the primary form of punishment or as a penalty following a jail or prison sentence. While under court-ordered supervision, you will be required to adhere to specific terms. Failing to follow the conditions is considered a violation, and you could face additional penalties for your non-compliance.
Possible Probation Conditions
Aside from maintaining contact with your probation officer, other terms could include, but are not limited to:
- Being available for random alcohol testing
- Attending an alcohol treatment program
- Not committing any other offenses
- Notifying your probation officer of any arrests or citations you receive
Because of the requirements, if you are arrested for suspicion of DUI while still completing the terms of your probation, you must report that information to your probation officer. If you don’t you could be considered in violation of your conditions.
If you do report your arrest, you could still be penalized for non-compliance with probation terms because you were required to refrain from participating in criminal conduct during your supervision period.
When your DUI is reported, the Probation Office will review your case to determine how to move forward. It will take into consideration the seriousness of the offense and your circumstances and might have you held in custody, without the possibility of release, until the matter is resolved.
If you commit a probation violation, such as getting a DUI, you will be scheduled for a court appearance, during which a judge will hear your case. If they find that you failed to comply with ordered conditions, they will determine how to sentence you.
The exact punishments you face depend on the specifics of your circumstances. The judge could let you off with a stern warning. However, your probation could be revoked, and you could be incarcerated for up to the maximum term for the offense for which you were initially convicted.
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