Many DUI offenders may be granted a probationary period rather than incarceration, especially in the case of a first offense. The terms of probation will vary from case to case, but these might typically include regularly checking in with a probation officer and submitting to drug and alcohol testing at random intervals. Probation may also be linked to the use of transdermal, or sweat-based, monitoring systems and ignition interlocks.
Violating the terms of probation is likely to subject an individual to harsh penalties. This does not have to be the case, however. Contact the Seattle DUI lawyers of Cowan Kirk at 866-822-1230 for a free consultation if you have been accused of engaging in behaviors prohibited by your probation.
As probation is often considered in sentencing as a replacement for short prison terms, the punishments for violating probation are often enhanced. Some of the following sentences may be pursued for probation violation in addition to existing DUI penalties:
- Jail for the rest of the probationary period
- Considerable extension of the probationary period
- Loss of driving privileges
- Substantial fines and fees
- Community service requirements
While defending a probation violation is made somewhat challenging due to the previous encounter one will have had with the law, this does not mean that it is impossible. A skilled and experienced Seattle DUI defense attorney may be able to help you to disprove the allegations or to seek a reduction of penalties sought.
If you are facing additional sentencing following probation violation charges, there may be legal options available to reduce the strictness of sentencing or to have the additional charges dropped. For more information regarding your rights in these cases, contact the Seattle DUI attorneys of Cowan Kirk today by calling 866-822-1230.