It's just my first offense, so I don't think it will be very long, but maybe they're all the same.
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Ask your attorney. If you do not have one, hire one as DUIs can be devastating. loss of license, driving priviledges, increased insurance, program fees.
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The law permits up to three years, however every court (judge) is different. Many of the judges I practice in front of order 2 yrs. of non-reporting probation, which just means that if you get another alcohol related offense, any jail time that was suspended can be imposed.
Other courts do 6 months - 2 yrs of reporting probation. Of those that order reporting probation, you can always filed a motion after your fines/court costs are paid and you have completed any other requirements such as the driver intervention program, and ask the judge to terminate probation early.
Bottom line, you need to hire someone who is familiar with the court you will be in and ask them. Of course I highly recommend hiring an aggressive OVI attorney because if you are not convicted, there won't be any probation.
I agree with the other attorneys who have already answered. Please note that Jeff Meadows is among the foremost DUI attorneys in this State and has a nationwide reputation.
Meanwhile, as others here wrote, it depends on many factors and you really need an attoreny to review everything in the "official" file and everything that actually happened from the moment the arresting officer flashed his lights to the present.
The consequenses of pleading to a DUI go far beyond the sentence imposed by the court. You become a marked person for the next 20 years subject to enhanced penalities for any subsequent offense. The record of this conviction can impact job prospects and custody disputes as well. As costly as aggressive DUI attorneys are, the cost of winging this and getting it wrong are beyond severe.
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