June 26, 2009, Newsletter Issue #172: What Happens if I Get Probation?

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DUI punishment can vary from state to state, but there are a few guidelines that may apply to you depending on the facts in your DUI punishment. If you have not received a felony conviction or have received probation, you could see some or all of the following:

1. Driving restrictions. You could be limited to driving to and from work or school for a specific amount of time.

2. Mandatory insurance reporting. You could be required to furnish proof of insurance to the Department of Motor Vehicles on a regular basis.

3. Treatment program. You could be required, as a condition of your probation, to attend drug or alcohol counseling or treatment. This can involve stays at a rehab clinic or halfway house.

4. Impounded vehicle. You could have your car or truck impounded at your expense for a specific amount of time.

These requirements can come in addition to driver's license suspension or other DUI punishments. Ask your lawyer for the specifics in detail once the verdict has been read. Don't rely on your memory - make sure you have in writing what is expected of you at all times to be in compliance with the terms of your probation.

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