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 personnel.
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, PC to schedule and appointment.