What you need to know about DUI treatment and education
When you’re convicted of a DUI, it carries a lot of penalties and expensive fines, out-of-pocket expenses and maybe even jail time. Another common penalty is DUI treatment and education classes. Each state has its own laws, but you’ll receive some sort of screening then education and treatment.
What is DUI screening?
It is a face-to-face meeting with a clinician, designed to assess your alcohol or drug use. The results of your screening helps the court decide if you must complete DUI treatment or an alcohol education course, and how many hours of classes you need. The court usually expects you to complete your DUI screening within 30 days of the Order. After screening, you typically have five working days to schedule your education or treatment.
DUI treatment and education programs sometimes replace, reduce or eliminate other penalties such as court fines, license suspension or jail time. Always talk with your attorney about different options.
What can you expect?
DUI education classes are designed to fit the state’s requirements of counseling, assessment and risk reduction. While they vary from state-to-state, most classes are in-person, but some states allow online classes. Most DUI education classes consist of 16 to 36 hours of classroom work spread across a few weeks. The goal is to prevent you from drunk driving again. Be prepared because the classes are an out-of-pocket expense which varies depending on the state. You must take classes at a court-appointed school. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) may not be accepted by the court as education. Again, check with your attorney.
Also, you may be able to get a restricted driver’s license so you can drive to and from the classes. If you are convicted of a second DUI, the standard program includes many phases, and may begin with required weekly sessions. The programs are longer in length and duration the more DUIs you’ve had.
In any case, you must complete the DUI treatment or classes before you get your license back. Failure to do so not results in a delay getting your license back, but could result in harsher penalties.
Are you eligible?
Not everyone is. Before you take a class, it’s a good idea to contact your attorney. The court bases its decision on how many DUIs you’ve had, your blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of your arrest and the details of your DUI case is.
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