When someone is convicted of driving under the influence and receives probation as a part of their sentencing, it is critical that they adhere to the terms of their probation. Alternative sentencing is a savior to many charged with DUI, it can be the difference between jail time and carrying on with one's life and familial/professional affairs. A recent case saw one California man charged with DUI, only to ultimately violate his probation by driving drunk again, killing one and injuring five.
Visalia resident Johnny Mendoza pleaded no contest to the May 2016 crash that occurred while serving probation for a 2014 DUI conviction. A combined drugs and alcohol DUI, Mendoza blew a BAC reading of .09 and was found to have methamphetamine in his system at the time of the crash. His vehicle struck a van carrying six passengers. The driver later died from injuries sustained during the crash. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Not only did Mendoza drink and use methamphetamine, he also skipped court-ordered DUI classes and failed to install an ignition interlock device in his vehicle.
It is exceptionally important for anyone convicted of DUI and who is on active probation to adhere to the terms of their probation, which will vary case to case. Although Mendoza's case illustrates a gross deviation from adhering to such terms, more minor offenses can still be detrimental to probationers. Many violations can result in serious consequences. Depending on the disposition of the judge in your case and the type of probation violation, you may be put in jail for failing to comply.
Sometimes, administrative errors are the culprit behind perceived probation violations. For example, a treatment program may have been successfully completed but the court was not informed in a timely manner. In other cases, an actual probation violation does occur, in which case the team at The Law Offices of Richard Lawson know how to proceed and fight for a good outcome in your case.
The probationary period may be lengthened as the result of a violation, or additional terms may be added to the probation. Any relevant criminal history will likely have a bearing on the situation when the judge decides the consequences of a probation violation.
If you have been charged with drinking and driving, or convicted of DUI and fear the consequences of a probation violation, skilled legal representation is key. DUI attorney Richard Lawson will fight for a good resolution to the problem in court. Do not hesitate to contact Georgia DUI attorney Richard Lawson immediately for a free consultation.