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DUI Probation in Orange County

§ 23600 California Vehicle Code

One of the penalties you can face after a DUI arrest is probation. In California, there are minimum probation conditions for drunk driving charges which are outlined in § 23600 of the California Vehicle Code. Many people think of probation as more of a penalty than a benefit, when in fact it's really the opposite. Probation can be granted in lieu of jail time, and can entail alcohol rehabilitation, community service, and fines, among other things.

How long does DUI probation last?

According to the vehicle code, probation for DUI (when granted) lasts at minimum three years, and a max of five years. In some cases, when the sentence for the alleged offense is more than five years in prison, then the length of probation can be adjusted.

What are the other conditions of probation?

The judge may impose any one or more of the following as a condition of DUI probation:

  • The accused cannot drive with any amount of alcohol in his or her bloodstream
  • The accused cannot commit any criminal offense
  • The accused must submit periodic chemical tests (breath, blood, or urine)
  • Fines or restitution (if victims were involved)

Violating DUI Probation: VC § 23602

Anyone who violates any term of the DUI probation could have his or her probation revoked. If your probation is revoked, you will likely receive a jail sentence. In some cases, the judge will choose to issue a warning first or they may extend or tighten the terms of your probation. The worst-case scenario would be probation revocation. If you were sentenced to probation as part of a deferred entry of judgment (DEJ) then you may no longer qualify for charge dismissal.

Contact an Orange County DUI Attorney

If you have been arrested for DUI or for violating your DUI probation, contact an Orange County DUI lawyer at Gold & Witham. With more than 40 years of legal experience in our corner and "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" membership, you can trust the quality and effectiveness of our DUI defense strategies. Receive a free case evaluation when you contact us today.