What is DWI probation?
DWI probation is a contract between you and the court when you are convicted of crime in which the judge suspends your jail sentence, does not make you pay the entire fine, and does not take away your driver’s license as long as you behave under “community supervision.”
More specifically, you will:
- NOT have to do the 180 days in jail.
- Only pay $500 of the fine.
- NOT have your driver’s license taken from you.
If you agree to DWI probation, you must:
- Report once a month to a probation officer.
- Not commit any further crimes during the term of probation.
- Pay a monthly supervisory fee to the probation office (approximately $40).
- Perform a specified number of hours (approximately 24 to 80 hours) of community service (volunteer work to benefit the community) during the term of your probation.
- Attend DWI education classes dealing with the effects of alcohol or featuring victims of DWI related tragedies (VIP Program).
- Abstain from consuming alcohol for the term of your probation.
- Pay your non-probated fines and court costs.
- Submit to a breath test by law enforcement or court personnel upon request.
- Install an alcohol ignition interlock device on your car, and only drive a car equipped with such as device (not always required).
- Make a small donation to MADD and/or Crime Stoppers.
- Remain within the county of your residence unless given permission by the court to leave it.
- Fulfill any other requirements the court sets for you.