I am on misdemeanor Failure to Appear court probation in another county and was arrested two months ago for misdemeanor DUI in a different county than where my misdemeanor court probation is. The DUI will likely be dropped, but in either case, will the judge remand me if I appear at my arraignment? I was cited and released for the DUI charge the same night I was arrested. Also, if I am convicted (not likely) of the DUI, will OR can the differing probation county violate that probation, and what are the odds?
I do not see reason why a judge might remand you at your arraignment on the DUI, assuming you are in compliance with your probation in the other county. The judge may set a bail amount at the arraignment based on your being on probation in another county because it is on a failure to appear no less, so contact a bail bondsman and be ready to post a bond to stay out of custody.
If you are convicted of DUI, that will most likely constitute a violation of probation, as most probation conditions include an obligation to obey all laws and committing DUI certainly violates that condition.
Good luck. Talk to a bail bondsman just to be prepared.
What are the terms of your probation, and are you compliant with what you have to do? If the terms of the probation have been complied with you should not be in any trouble. If you have had some court dates where you did not appear you may have a warrant that will cause you to be remanded. If you can get compliant with the first court prior to appearing at the second, it may head off any trouble. I would not advise under any circumstance not appearing at your upcoming court date for the second offense.
It all depends on the location. Generally speaking, the left hand does not know what the right is doing, meaning, the probation department will now get this on time to do anything. If they do, chances are you still will not be remanded as long as the underlying crime was not serious or violent. With that said, you are still entitled to due process and a hearng need be held to determine if you violated your probation. Mind you, the prosecutor's burden of proof is not beyond a reasonable doubt, but only a preponderance of the evidence in probation violation hearings. Good luck.
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