Ventura, Oxnard and Camarillo Probation Attorney for DUIs
Individuals convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in Ventura County can generally expect to be placed on probation for a period of three to five years. Probation is often required in conjunction with a variety of other DUI penalties, and also carries its own specific requirements and potential consequences.
In addition to the various conditions discussed below for first-time and multiple offenders, all individuals serving probation in Ventura County for DUI are subject to a strict zero-tolerance policy. This means that while on probation you are prohibited from driving with any alcohol in your system – at all. In addition to facing penalties for a probation violation, if you are caught driving with alcohol in your system while on probation for a DUI, the California DMV will also likely suspend your license for one year.
Experienced DUI Lawyer for Probation in Ventura County
If you are facing a DUI charge in Ventura, Oxnard or Camarillo, we can help you minimize the consequences of your arrest. In many situations we are able to help our clients avoid probation and other DUI penalties entirely.
Probation in First-Time Ventura DUI Cases
In addition to other penalties, if convicted of a first-time DUI you will be placed on three years of summary probation in Ventura County. The terms of your probation will include paying all court-imposed fines and fees, serving jail time or work release, and completing the Drinking Driver Program (alcohol school). While on probation, the Ventura County Probation Agency will contact you by mail, and you will need to complete and return all of the forms that they send you. As long as you do this and fulfill all of the terms of your probation (and do not get arrested for any other offenses), you should not need to have any contact with your probation officer beyond what you receive in the mail.
Probation for Second and Third Ventura DUI Convictions
For second and third DUI convictions, you are facing three to five years of probation in Ventura County. In addition to all of the requirements listed above for a first-time DUI conviction, you will also be required to install an ignition interlock device on each of your vehicles, at a cost of about $800 per vehicle. Furthermore, you will be prohibited from possessing or drinking alcohol or being present in a bar or any place where alcohol is the chief item of sale.
While on probation in Ventura, you should also generally seek approval from the Ventura County Probation Agency before leaving the county.
Probation Lawyers in Oxnard, Camarillo and Ventura
Regardless of your criminal history, if you are facing DUI charges in Ventura County, you are going to be placed on probation unless you are successful in challenging the prosecutor’s case against you. Once on probation, you will need to be diligent in complying with all of the terms of your sentence in order to avoid a probation violation that could land you back in court – and possibly in jail.
If you have been arrested for DUI and are facing probation in Ventura County, you should speak with an experienced Ventura probation attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation The Law Offices of David Lehr, please contact us today.