DUI Probation Georgia
Along with expensive fines, mandatory license suspension, and spending time behind bars, probation is just one of the many things you can look forward to if you are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in the state of Georgia. What’s more, based on the circumstances of your arrest, the amount of time you spend on DUI probation can last for a year or longer.
So exactly what is probation anyway? Basically, it’s a form of punishment used in lieu of jail time. However, while this may mean that you spend less time in jail, don’t let that fool you—probation is a very serious penalty. What’s more, failing to complete the terms of your probation can often lead to even more severe consequences.
Let’s say you are a first-time offender and you’re found guilty of driving under the influence. Under Georgia’s sentencing guidelines, the penalties for your conviction include a mandatory jail sentence of anywhere from 24 hours to one full year. Since you’ve never been in trouble with the law before, the judge is likely to waive this sentence and sentence you to probation instead.
The length of your probation will vary based on factors such as your prior criminal record, as well as the circumstances surrounding your arrest and the amount of jail time you’ve already served. For example, after you were initially arrested and charged with DUI, you may have remained in jail for several hours or more; therefore, that time will be deducted from your probation sentence. In other words, spending 24 hours in jail will reduce a one-year probation sentence by one day.
Once you are placed on probation, it is extremely important for you to follow the terms of your sentence. One of the most common requirements you may be subjected to is meeting with a probation officer assigned to your case regularly, as well as paying a monthly fee for the length of your probation period. In addition, the court may also require you to undergo alcohol treatment or counseling, complete a driving education program, and/or perform community service.
While on probation, you will also be expected to abide by the laws in your area at all times. If you are rearrested for any type of offense, you may face additional charges for not following the terms of your probation. In fact, your probation could even be revoked and replaced with jail time if the judge feels it is appropriate.
If you were recently charged with DUI in Georgia, or were rearrested while on probation for a DUI offense, it is extremely important to obtain legal counsel before your court date arrives. For years, the Law Offices of Head, Thomas, Webb, and Willis, has helped drivers across the state avoid jail time—and the odds are in your favor that we can do the same for you.
To begin working on your defense strategy, contact Head, Thomas, Webb, and Willis today and put one of the most successful DUI defense firms in Georgia to work for you. Call now for your free case evaluation.
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