Community Service and Probation

Consequences you face after a DWI conviction in San Antonio

Probation is by far the most common sentence for first time DWI offenders. Probation is a sentence that is served in the community rather than in jail or prison. If you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated, seek the counsel of a knowledgeable San Antonio DWI defense attorney, immediately.

Conditions of probation usually require the person to report regularly to a probation officer for monitoring. Probationary sentences usually include one or more “conditions.” These conditions usually always include paying court costs, legal fees and fines and sometimes include:

Alcohol treatment
  • Employment or training
  • Driving restriction
  • Counseling
  • Community service
  • Use of an ignition interlock device
  • Attending a victim’s impact panel
Conditions of probation are based on state law requirements. If a person fails to meet the requirements of his or her probation, the court may modify or revoke the conditions of probation leading to further restrictions and/or incarceration. Sometimes the incarceration period can be for much longer than was originally suggested for failure to comply with probationary sentence.

Community service is a common condition of probation for DWI cases. The courts provide a list of acceptable community service organizations and information on enrolling in their programs. For DWI convictions, the community service is usually aimed at victim’s rights. It is important to keep this fact in mind when serving your time and be sensitive to the feelings of those you must serve.

What can / should you do now?

If you are facing a DWI charge, you need a good San Antonio defense attorney. Choose your drunk driving defense lawyer carefully. Don’t make your decision based on an advertisement (or website) alone. Make an in-person appointment with a competent DWI defense lawyer. We offer a free in office initial consultation. Come in, meet the attorney and tell your side of the story. A good driving while intoxicated attorney will have a better sense of how to deal with the prosecutors and formulate a defense that will give you the best chance to preserve your freedom and protect your rights. Call us today at 210-224-8881.