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What does Maryland law say about DUI probation?

On Behalf of | Jun 23, 2023 | Drunk Driving

DUI (driving under the influence) is a serious offense with significant legal consequences. Individuals convicted of DUI may face probation as part of their sentence. 

Understanding DUI probation’s specifics is crucial for defendants to help prevent avoidable violations. Keep scrolling to get an overview of what the law states about DUI probation.

What’s the objective of DUI probation?

DUI probation is a period of supervised release imposed on individuals convicted of driving under the influence. Instead of serving jail time, the court may order probation as a means of rehabilitation and monitoring. During probation, the defendant is required to adhere to certain conditions and restrictions set forth by the court.

Probation’s primary aim is to address the underlying issues that led to the DUI offense, such as substance abuse, through counseling, treatment programs or educational courses. Probation serves as a mechanism to enforce court orders, including: 

  • The completion of community service 
  • Payment of fines 
  • Attendance at mandatory alcohol education programs

The duration of DUI probation varies depending on the circumstances of the offense and the defendant’s criminal history. Typically, probation periods range from one to three years. However, in certain cases, the court may extend probation beyond three years or impose additional conditions if necessary.

What are the conditions of DUI probation?

Maryland law mandates certain conditions that apply to all individuals on DUI probation. For starters, completion of an alcohol education or treatment program as directed by the court is mandatory. Moreover, there should be strict abstinence from alcohol and drugs during the probationary period, which will be ascertained with random drug and alcohol testing.

There’s also an installation of an ignition interlock device in any vehicle owned or operated by the probationer. This device measures the individual’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and helps prevent the vehicle from starting if alcohol is detected. Lastly, the defendant is required to regularly report to a probation officer as scheduled to provide updates on their progress and compliance.

Understanding the intricacies of DUI probation is essential for individuals facing or supporting someone facing a DUI conviction. Knowing more can help you better understand your defense options.