If arrested, charged, and convicted of a DUI, you may be required to complete DUI classes or DUI school. While this is not required in all states, it is becoming the norm rather than the exception, especially in the case of repeat offenders. You may also be given the opportunity to lessen the impact of DUI penalties and fines by volunteering to attend these classes.
What are DUI Classes?
While most will consider these classes punishment, they are actually designed to make drivers more aware of the dangers of drinking and driving. Instructors will combine lectures and film to drive home the impact drinking and driving has not only the driver, but also the innocent victims, including family, friends, and anyone that is unfortunate enough to be involved in a DUI accident simply because they are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Some programs will also provide mandatory or voluntary counseling as part of the DUI classes. This can be critical for some people, especially those that do not realize they have a problem. Being able to discuss your problems and/or how you use alcohol to deal with these problems can be a real revelation for some individuals.
How Long Do DUI Classes Last?
As with state laws, every DUI class is different. The specific type of class and/or counseling as well as the violation itself determines the length anyone is required to attend classes.
- First time offenders – the classes for first time offenders are generally about 3 months long with about 36 hours of actual class work. This is usually spread out over weekly periods, with one or two classes per week. The classes are actually designed so as not to create too much disruption on your daily life.
- Repeat offenders – beginning with second time offenders, classes may be longer and spread out over various weeks, sometimes relying on the input of a counselor for completion. For third offenses or more, these programs can last multiple years, requiring monthly “check-ins” for completion. It is common for blood tests to be done randomly for repeat offenders.
Since most states will require the convicted to pay for their own DUI classes, you may want to consider hiring a local DUI attorney to fight the charges, or at least try to plead them out to lesser charges. In most cases, having to attend classes can be reduced or eliminated with a plea bargain. For more information about DUI classes and to find a local attorney for your case, please Fill Out the Free DUI Arrest Evaluation Form!