DUI Schools in California
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) convictions in Fresno and the Valley
can include fines, jail time, and license suspension. It usually includes
an alcohol education classes, as well. These classes are ordered by the
court, and, even if it's not ordered, will be required to renew your
driver's license at the DMV.
If you fail to successfully complete the alcohol education program, and
you were ordered by the Court to do the class, you may be in violation
of probation, which will subject you to additional penalties.
These programs not only educate individuals on the effects of alcohol itself,
but also introduces subjects such as lifestyle choices, social behaviors
and attitudes towards alcohol and drugs.
Types of Alcohol Education Programs in California
The specific alcohol education program you will be required to attend will
vary depending on whether you have been charged with DUI before as well
as the severity of the particular offense.
- Wet Reckless: Generally, if you have been convicted of reckless driving
that included having a measurable amount of alcohol in your system, you
will be required to complete a 12-hour DUI education program.
- First Offense: Typically, if you have been convicted of your first DUI
offense, you will be required to attend a 3-month, 30-hour alcohol and
counseling program. However, if your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)
was .20% or higher on your first offense, you will be required to complete
a 9-month, 60-hour program.
- Multiple Offenses: If this is your second offense or more, you will be
expected to complete an 18-month program. This program will include 52
hours of group counseling, 12 hours of pure alcohol and drug education,
and 6 hours of community reentry monitoring. You are also required to
attend biweekly individual interviews with program personnel for the first
12 months of the program.
- Additional Programs: Depending on your county, you may be sentenced to
a 30-month program. This type of program includes 78 hours of group counseling,
12 hours of pure alcohol and drug education, 120-300 hours of community
service, along with regularly scheduled individual interviews with program
Programs such as these are meant to reduce the number of repeat DUI offenders
as well as allow the opportunity for class participants to have the forum
to address any alcohol or drug related issues or concerns they may have.
Do You Need a DUI Defense Attorney?
After a DUI or any other alcohol related arrest, you should contact an
attorney as soon as possible. A skilled Fresno defense attorney can guide
you through this process and review the facts of your specific case in
order to create a proper defense strategy for you and your legal needs.
Oftentimes, a DUI attorney, with the proper arguments, can reduce the
length of the DUI classes required. Contact the DUI attorneys at Wapner
Jones P.C. to schedule and appointment.