I have been on informal probation for over 2 years for first offender here in SB. I have paid the fines but have yet to start the classes. I have been given an opportunity to take a job abroad and need to get off probation. Will the court (I read not the DMV) accept an online certificate for substitute for the DUI class the DMV wants? I want to present the online certificate and ask for early termination of probation (not dismissal). Is this too alien to even ask? How much would an attorney charge and what paper work does she/he file so I can compare costs. Thanks.
Early termination of probation is highly unlikely if you have not completed the terms of probation. If completing the class was not a term of probation, then none of this matters. However, it is highly unlikely that the court did not require that. If you are no longer living in California, and it was a term of probation, you should be able to request the court allow the course, but you are still unlikely to get an early termination of probation, unless you have a compelling reason and all terms are completed.
You have to get prior permission to do the class online and some judges will deny that request.
No, you can ask.
How much does it cost to hire an attorney? Depends on the atty.
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The court will *probably* accept on online DUI class, provided it's of some substance, but the DMV never will. All you can do is ask by calendaring your case for probation modification. Best to have a lawyer helping with all of this.
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