Ventura DUI – Probation
In addition to the Ventura County DUI penalties listed above, you will be placed on 3 years of summary probation with a conviction for a first time DUI. Some of the active terms of probation on a first time DUI include paying all of the fines and fees, doing the jail time or work release, and completing alcohol school. Once you are signed up for probation, you do not have to physically go to meet with a probation officer unless you violate. The probation department contacts you via mail, and you return the filled-out forms that they send to you. As long as you fulfill all of the terms of your DUI probation, and do not get arrested for any other offenses, you should not have any contact with probation beyond what they send you in the mail.
Travel – Out of County, State or Country?
Many people facing Ventura County DUI cases are concerned that being on probation will prevent them from traveling out of the county, state, and country. In my experience, the Ventura County Probation Department routinely permits people on misdemeanor DUI probation to travel. However, you must get permission to do so from your probation officer, who can be very difficult to reach.
Zero Tolerance Policy
While on DUI probation, you are prohibited from driving with any alcohol at all in your system. This zero tolerance provision of probation also applies to your driver's license, and the California DMV will take your license away for one year if you drive with any alcohol in your system while on DUI probation.
BAC > 0.15%, 0.20%
In addition to the standard DUI probation terms, cases with a higher alcohol level have additional probation terms, including a 9 month alcohol school, as well as prohibitions against your drinking or possessing alcohol and restrictions on your ability to frequent a nightclub, bar, or liquor store.
Accidents – Restitution
In addition to the standard DUI probation terms, in cases involving an accident of any kind, you will also be required to pay restitution. Restitution also must paid as a condition of probation to cover any injuries that may have occurred. If the insurance company provides coverage for the accident, they will most likely cover the majority of the costs due for restitution.
Ignition Interlock Device – Aggravated Cases
Currently, the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device is not a requirement of first time DUI probation in Ventura County. However, there are cases in which it may be required, such as those with an extremely elevated alcohol level, or prior DUIs that are older than 10 years.
Prior DUI Offenses – Stiffer Probation Terms
On second and third time Ventura County DUI convictions, the probation period is for 5 years. In addition to the payment of fines and fees, the Ignition Interlock Device is required, as is the attendance of an 18 month alcohol school. Multiple-offense DUI probation also includes alcohol and abstain terms, and requires in person meetings with your probation officer, at least initially.
Ventura County DUI Attorney Jasen Nielsen
I have an established track record of achieving excellent results for hundreds of satisfied clients. I also have good relationships with the judges and prosecutors, and know what can be done to mitigate those cases that cannot be won, and have saved hundreds of clients from the additional and more stringent terms of Ventura DUI probation. If you have been arrested for a DUI in Ventura County, please call me today at (805)564-4DUI for a free consultation.