7 Common DUI Probation Conditions
In addition to fines and jail time, a DUI conviction can often result in a defendant being sentenced to probation.
Probation is a criminal penalty that permits a person convicted of a crime to be released back into society. However, an individual on probation does not enjoy the same level of freedom as a typical citizen. The conditions of a person's probation generally depend on the crime for which the conditions are being imposed, but they generally dictate the things a probationer must and must not do.
Here are seven common conditions of DUI probation:
- Suspension or limitation of driver's license. In many states, DUI probation may include restrictions or an all-out suspension of a person's driver's license.
- Community service. Probationers also may be required to do community service work, which often includes cleaning up roadsides.
- "Zero-tolerance" alcohol requirements. In general, the blood-alcohol concentration limit for drivers 21 and over is 0.08 percent. But those on probation for DUI may be subject to zero-tolerance rules, which allow law enforcement to cite a driver for DUI if a BAC test registers any level of alcohol (or a very low level, like 0.02 percent) in the driver's blood.
- "DUI school" and alcohol treatment. A common requirement for those on DUI probation is registering for mandatory alcohol classes or attendance at DUI prevention programs.
- No other criminal offenses. Probation also generally requires that no other crimes be committed by the probationer for the duration of the probationary period. Committing a crime during this time may lead to violation of probation and further criminal penalties.
- Installation of an ignition interlock device. The terms of DUI probation may also include the installation of an ignition interlock device. These devices prevent a vehicle from being started by a person with a measurable amount of alcohol on his or her breath. In addition, the person on DUI probation may be required to cover installation and monitoring fees.
- Ankle monitoring. A "SCRAM bracelet" attached to a person's ankle can be used by probation officers to monitor the alcohol use of a person who has been convicted of DUI.
To learn more about the potential sentences for a drunken driving conviction, check out FindLaw's section on DUI Cases.