Dealing with DUI

DUI Probation

In these days, it is not uncommon to hear about people ranging from the next door neighbor to Paris Hilton being pulled over for driving erratically, eventually leading the police to book them for driving under the influence, or a DUI. But what happens after the court hearing? What are the repercussions that follow for choosing to drive while impaired? This article will explore the nature of DUI probation and what one should expect while living under it.

It is true that probation is a tedious and interminable period after the primary punishment but it does help bring safety to the life of the convicted driver. It provides the person a way to stay on track and avoid situations where they could possibly fall back into criminal activity. From experiences dealt with by my family, I believe that probationary periods allow the convicted person to re-evaluate their life and possibly move onto a new path believed to be impossible before. But, to understand what DUI probation entiles, we must delve into the definition of the DUI itself.

What is a DUI?
A DUI is charged when it has been determined that a person is under the influence of alcohol or drugs while operating a vehicle, a bike, or other means of transportation. Being convicted of a DUI can lead the driver to pay a heavy fine or complete jail sentence; both could be appropriate depending on the damage that was caused.

As time and science have progressed, testing suspects of driving while under the influence has become increasingly more decisive through issuing breathalyzer tests which measures the amount BAC, or blood alcohol content. The blood alcohol content is the concentration of alcohol in a person's blood which can be considered illegal if it exceeds a certain number which varies depending on specific jurisdictions.

How is a DUI Probation Different from Other Types of Criminal Probation?
Like many criminal offenses, a DUI has period of probation in which the convicted driver must adhere to a number of rules and limitations while meeting regularly with a designated probation officer. The terms of this probation can vary state-to-state but the specifics do separate it from other forms of criminal probations.

Under DUI probation, there are many administrative penalties that can take place such as the license of the driver being suspended or revoked. Also, DUI probation can put the convicted person into government appointed rehabilitation programs and "DUI schools." In short, DUI probation does limit certain things that other probations do not. It must be followed strictly to avoid harsher fines and longer jail sentences.

Special Stipulations under DUI Probation
As stated before, there are many conditions that the convicted drunk driver must adhere to if they want to correctly fulfill their probationary requirements. These could include being enrolled in an alcohol abuse program where the driver can be taught how to deal with the physical and emotional impact alcohol or other impairment substances can have on them.

Also, the convicted person may be required to comply with random sobriety tests and wear an alcohol monitoring device that notifies authorities of their alcohol intake. Another measure that the state can take to lessen the chance that the offender will repeat his crime is to install an ignition interlock device into the driver's personal vehicle, if his privileges to it have not been revoked.

Advice
If I had to give any type of advice, I would ask those with DUI probations, or any other form of criminal probations, to comply with the requirements set by the court and to avoid any other criminal activity that could threaten the completion of the probation. Since DUI laws vary according to every state and jurisdiction, it would be a good idea to contact a DUI lawyer who can provide better insight and properly advise a course of action to the convicted person in their unique situation.