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Probation For Grand Rapids DUI Charges

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense that carries serious consequences. If you are caught operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher, you may be charged with drunk driving and sentenced to penalties such as jail time, community services, fines, and the loss of driving privileges. You may also be sentenced to Michigan DUI probation.

Length of Probation

The length of Michigan DUI probation depends on the jurisdiction and the factors involved in the case. In the case of a DUI misdemeanor offense, your probation period may range from three months to one year. If you have prior DUI convictions on your record, or cause an accident while intoxicated, your probation period may be increased.

You may be ordered to attend drug and alcohol education classes and/or treatment as part of your probation. These sentences are intended to deter offenders from driving under the influence in the future. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you may also be ordered to abstain from drinking alcohol.

Requirements

Completely understanding and abiding by the terms of your probation is important. You will be assigned to a probation officer who may require you to check in periodically to make sure you are meeting the conditions of your sentence. These conditions may include following your vehicle restrictions and attending alcohol counseling and DUI School.

If a convicted DUI offender commits a new crime while still on probation, he or she may be sentenced to enhanced penalties, which may include increased jail time, new fines, and a longer probation period.

The Department of Motor Vehicles may suspend or revoke your driving privileges while you are on probation; however, you may be eligible for a limited driving permit which allows you to drive to and from work, school, and other necessary locations. If you are caught driving to an unapproved location with a suspended or revoked license, you may face additional consequences.

Benefit of An Attorney

If you have a pending DUI case, contact The Barone DUI Defense Firm today. Their attorneys can answer any questions you have regarding Michigan DUI probation and other possible consequences. Receive a free DUI case evaluation and complimentary copy of The Michigan DUI Book (A Citizen’s Handbook on Fighting a Michigan DUI Case) by submitting your case information in our online form.