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Probation: Ohio DUI Options for Judges

Nearly 100% of individuals charged with DUI will receive "Probation" which is now known in Ohio as "Community Control".  What used to be called "Probation Terms & Conditions" is now referred to as "Community Control Sanctions". 

What is Probation?  Probation is the branch of the Court that monitors a defendant's whereabouts, activities, and essentially supervises their arrest record for new charges.   Each defendant is assigned a "Probation Officer" ("P.O.").  It is a period of "Good Behavior" where a defendant must lead a law abiding life for a definite period of time.  Probation for a 1 st offender DUI can be up to 3 years and up to 5 years for Multiple Offenders.  If a person fails to meet all the terms and conditions of probation and/or gets charged with a new traffic offense or crime, the P.O. will file a "Statement of Violations" ("SOV") with the judge requesting that the defendant be re-sentenced on the original case.

Judges have a vast arsenal of legal terms and conditions for DUI Probation as set forth below. 

  • No new DUI or serious traffic arrests
  • Alcohol Assessment and/or Follow Up Alcohol Counseling
  • Random Urine Screens
  • Don't operate a vehicle outside permissible times / days
  • No "Refusals" of blood, breath, or urine tests if arrested for DUI
  • No odor of alcohol while driving a vehicle
  • Pay fines and court costs on time
  • Attend and complete a 3 day Driver's Intervention Program
  • Attend MADD's Victim Impact Panel
  • Don't miss probation officer meetings
  • Install Ignition Interlock (breath tester in the vehicle)
  • Continuous Alcohol Monitor (ankle bracelet) 
  • Don't leave Ohio without P.O. approval
  • House Arrest (not available in all Ohio counties)
  • Work-Release (not available in all Ohio counties)
  • Community Service (20 hours - 100 hours is the average range)
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