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Felony DUI

Drunk driving is considered a serious offence in all states. The penalties for being caught driving under the influence of alcohol, furthermore, have become more and more severe in recent years. Conviction for DUI can put you in prison, result in large fines, and cause your driver’s license to be suspended for a significant amount of time.

One of the first things that a policeman may do after they have pulled someone suspected of felony DUI is to have the suspect undergo a breathalyzer test to help determine their blood alcohol content (BAC). There are other ways that BAC can be determined: through blood, urine, and saliva tests. BAC tests measure the amount of alcohol present in your blood, which is generally expressed in percentage terms. These tests can be taken after the arrest.

All states implement the 0.08% legal limit for intoxication levels. Driving with a blood alcohol content at or above this level is against the law, and can expose those who are found guilty of this crime to serious penalties as a result. Furthermore, in some instances, a person may be rendered intoxicated even if their blood alcohol content is below the legal limit.

Every person is different, which can make it hard to determine if a person is safe to drive a vehicle after a drink or not. Body weight, gender, age, alcohol tolerance, and many other things can affect how much a person’s ability to safely operate a vehicle is impacted by alcohol. Furthermore, factors such as taking medications can render you guilty of DUI, and having a proper meal before or while drinking can also affect the alcohol levels in your blood. People under the age of 21 years old can be charged with DUI even if they test positive with only 0.01% BAC. The best way to avoid a felony DUI is to not drink and drive. 


Probation

Not all crimes are subject to jail time: in some instances, the individual who is convicted of a crime is given probation instead. Probation is a conviction sentence where the convict forgoes imprisonment; instead, they are released but remain under the supervision of the court. Probation is often given to criminal suspects who have no criminal record or who have demonstrated good behavior, and therefore can be safely allowed to return to society provided they report to a special officer approved by the court. Because of the considerable benefits that a sentence of probation versus imprisonment entails, it is important to have legal representation to help work for this type of sentence. 

However, there are times where the terms of an individual’s probation are violated, and when this happens, it can result in the individual facing serious consequences. Punishments for violation of probation depend on the severity of the violation and on the court overseeing the terms of probation.  Some of the most common consequences of probation violation include: 

  1. Military service
  2. Community service
  3. Rehabilitation programs
  4. Large fines and penalties
  5. Imprisonment

It is important to follow the rules, conditions and terms of a probation agreement in order to avoid these types of penalties. Some of the most important things that a convict on probation should avoid include:

  1. Possession, use and solicitation of illegal drugs
  2. Being arrested for a different crime
  3. Leaving the state or visiting other people without the consent of the probation officer
  4. Not showing up on scheduled court appearances
  5. Not reporting to the approved probation officer on the scheduled date or time           

There are other offenses that can affect your probation, as well. Experienced criminal attorneys can help those who are on probation to stay within the guidelines of their probation sentence and avoid more serious consequences.