Written by attorney Jasen Bodie Nielsen

DUI Probation in Ventura County

Ventura County DUI Probation

In if convicted of a DUI in Ventura County DUI, you will be placed on 3 years of summary probationfor a first time DUI.Some of the active terms of probation on a first time DUI include paying all of the fines and fees, doing the jail time or work release, and completing alcohol school. Once signed up for probation, which your attorney can do for you, you do not have to physically go to meet with a probation officer unless you violate. The probation department contacts you via mail, and you return the filled-out forms that they send to you. As long as you fulfill all of the terms of your DUI probation, and do not get arrested for any other offenses, you should not have any contact with probation beyond what they send you in the mail.

Travel – Out of County, State or Country?

Many people facing Ventura County DUI cases are concerned that being on probation will prevent them from traveling out of the county, state, and country. The Ventura County Probation Department routinely permits people on misdemeanor DUI probation to travel. However, you must get permission to do so from your probation officer, who can be very difficult to reach.In such a scenario, in may be necessary to put your case on calendar and get permission from the judge to travel.

Zero Tolerance Policy

While on DUI probation, you are prohibited from driving with any alcohol at all in your system. This zero tolerance provision of probation also applies to your driver’s license, and the California DMV will take your license away for one year if you drive with any alcohol in your system while on DUI probation.

BAC > 0.15%, 0.20%

In addition to the standard DUI probation terms, cases with a higher alcohol level have additional probation terms, including a 9 month alcohol school, as well as prohibitions against your drinking or possessing alcohol and restrictions on your ability to frequent a nightclub, bar, or liquor store.

Accidents – Restitution

In cases involving an accident of any kind, you will also be required to pay restitution. Restitution also must paid as a condition of probation to cover any injuries that may have occurred as well.

Ignition Interlock Device – Aggravated Cases

Currently, the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device is not a requirement of first time DUI probation in Ventura County. However, there are cases in which it may be required, such as those with an extremely elevated alcohol level or prior DUIs that are older than 10 years.

Prior DUI Offenses – Stiffer Probation Terms

On second and third time Ventura County DUI convictions, the probation period is for 5 years. In addition to the payment of fines and fees, the Ignition Interlock Device is required, as is the attendance of an 18 month alcohol school. Multiple-offense DUI probation also includes alcohol and abstain terms, and requires in person meetings with your probation officer, at least initially.

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