If you have ever been convicted of a DUI in California, then you are probably aware that along with a conviction is a period of probation in which you are required to abide by certain rules for a set period of time (3 to 5 years).
DUI Probation in San Bernardino
One of the most important rules is that you do not violate the law during your probation period. If you violate probation by committing a new offense or otherwise failing to comply with the rules set forth in your probation, then you can face serious consequences. People typically violate their DUI probation by:
- picking up another DUI arrest
- driving while your license is suspended
- failing to enroll or complete a DUI class; or
- paying the fines
If your probation is revoked, then you can be sentenced to serve jail time. The discretion is with the judge to either be lenient or to potentially sentence you to the full jail time exposure you would have had on your prior DUI conviction. In the case of violating probation by picking up another DUI arrest, the jail time you are sentenced to because of the probation violation can be applied to the minimum sentence of a 2nd time DUI (The minimum sentence is 96 hours in county jail).
On the other hand, the judge could decide to be lenient and reinstate probation. This essentially allows you to pick up where you failed and give you a second chance at successfully completing probation. There should be no need to compound your problems further by violating probation and suffering the potentially harsh penalties.
The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich can help you maintain your denial of a probation violation if it is falsely or mistakenly alleged. They can also aid you in mitigating the penalties and helping you avoid serving jail time by converting it to community service, house arrest, fines, or any other forms that will minimize the blow.
Rely on a San Bernardino DUI Attorney
The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have decades of experience in successfully defending California residents who have been charged with a probation violation in San Bernardino. Wallin & Klarich will carefully review the evidence and conduct an investigation of all the facts to help you win your probation violation hearing. Contact us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245, or fill out our contact form for immediate assistance. We will get through this together.