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30 Nov

MY DUI PROBATION IS OVER, WHAT'S HAPPENS NEXT?

Posted by David Jones on Nov 30, 2015

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Once DUI probation is over:

  • Now what?
  • Are there more fines to pay?
  • Do you have to go back to court?
  • Are you free to drive wherever you want?
  • Is there anything else that you have to do?
  • Will you get in trouble if you're pulled over by the police?

So, you're off probation, should you be looking over your shoulder? No. You can move on as long as you have a valid driver's license and insurance, and so long as you don't drive with .08% of alcohol or more in your system (for drivers 21 and over). That is, assuming that you have not been charged with a violation of probation.

Hopefully, you learned from this stressful experience not to drink and drive again, and you can go on living your life. Yes, you have the court's blessing to move forward and put the past behind you.

 Dismissing the DUI Case

Now that you have completed your DUI probation, we suggest that you petition for relief pursuant to Penal Code Sec. 1203.4 to have the no plea dismissed. This process is called an expungement, however, it doesn't quite erase it completely. The DUI will still stay on your DMV driving record for 10 years before it drops off. Though a dismissal will not strike the DUI from your DMV driving record, it will remove it from your criminal record and would make it look better and when you fill out job applications; you could legally say that you have no criminal convictions on your record.

You finished your DUI probation, now it's time to get your record cleaned up. Talk to our firm to learn more about the process.

David Jones

David E. Jones is a Central Valley area DUI and criminal defense attorney who represents those accused of DUI and other crimes in both state and federal court. Mr. Jones has practiced criminal law throughout Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare counties since 1996. Mr. Jones was a Deputy District Attorney for Fresno County 12 years and has been an instructor for the Police Academy for over 10 years. He is an experienced and respected trial attorney.

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