Scottsdale, AZ asked in DUI / DWI for California

Q: did my 3 month DUI course, paid my fees but still need to do the HAM progra by March 1. Will i go to jail if not finish

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: In California, completing a DUI program, including the Hospital and Morgue (HAM) program, is often a condition of probation for DUI convictions. If you've completed your 3-month DUI course and paid your fees but have not yet completed the HAM program by your deadline, it's important to address this requirement as soon as possible to avoid potential legal consequences.

Failure to complete all the conditions of your probation, including the HAM program, by the deadline could lead to a violation of probation. This might result in the court taking action, which could include imposing additional penalties, extending your probation, or, in some cases, incarceration. However, the specific outcome can depend on various factors, including your overall compliance with other probation conditions and any efforts you've made to complete the program.

To avoid such consequences, you should immediately contact the program administrator to see if you can complete the program by the deadline or request an extension. If an extension is not possible, or you're unable to complete the program in time, it's advisable to consult with an attorney who can help you navigate the situation. An attorney can assist in communicating with the court about your efforts to comply with the probation conditions and may help in seeking leniency or additional time to complete your requirements.

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
  • San Bernardino, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You can hire an attorney to go to court for or with you and request that the court extend your time to complete the last class or program. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and representation.]

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