What to Do After DUI Probation Ends

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At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., we are dedicated to DUI defense; we live and breathe DUI. Aside from fighting DUI charges in Orange County, our main purpose is to educate the public about California’s DUI laws and how the system handles DUI cases.

Since we deal with every phase of a DUI, from the arrest, to the DMV hearing, to fighting cases in court, we also help people better understand California’s DUI laws and processes, including DUI probation. In this post, we are going to discuss what to expect once a person reaches the end of their DUI probation.

Once your DUI probation is over, you will probably have many questions, such as:

  • Now what?
  • Are there more fines to pay?
  • Do I have to go back to court?
  • What happens to my car insurance rates?
  • Will the DUI still show on my driving record?
  • Is there anything else that I have to do?
  • Will I get in trouble if I’m pulled over by the police?
  • Can I have one drink and drive?

So, now you’re off probation, should you still be looking over your shoulder? Nope! You can move on as long as you have a valid driver’s license and insurance, and as long as you don’t drive with .08% of alcohol or more in your system (for drivers 21 and over). That is, assuming you have not been charged with a probation violation.

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.

What is Your Next Step?

Now that you have completed your DUI probation, we suggest you petition for relief pursuant to Penal Code Sec. 1203.4 to have the no contest or guilty plea dismissed. This process is often called an expungement; however, it doesn’t quite erase it 100 percent.

Though a dismissal will not strike the DUI from your record, it 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.

Congratulations on finishing your DUI probation period – now it’s time to get your record cleaned up. Talk to an Orange County DUI attorney from our firm to learn more about the process!

Contact us today for a free case evaluation with the DUI Queen!

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