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What Is Probation?

When you are arrested for DUI, you could be penalized in ways that can severely restrict your life. One punishment that you may face is a period of probation. Often, offenders will be granted probation in place of a jail sentence. They may be required to serve part of their incarceration period before being released on probation, or they may be allowed to serve probation entirely in place of their prison terms.

If you are placed on probation, you will be allowed to live on your own and interact with society, but you must follow a strict set of rules and regulations. You will be assigned a probation officer, with whom you must check in on a regular basis. You should expect to be required to do the following:

  • Find and keep a fulltime job
  • Remain within your jurisdiction
  • Adhere to a court-set curfew
  • Refrain from possessing dangerous firearms
  • Submit to random drug/alcohol testing
  • Perform community service

Sometimes, those placed on probation will be required to wear a tracking tag that alerts the probation officer of where they are at all times.

Those who break the terms of their probation will face strict punishment. Often, penalties will include an extension of the probation period, a high fine, or even a jail sentence.

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If you would like to learn more about probation, then the Seattle DUI defense lawyers of Cowan Kirk can help. To speak with one of our qualified attorneys about your situation, contact our offices today at 1-866-822-1230.

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