Convicted of DUI and Sentenced to Driving School?
Here’s What You Need to Know
In California, any person convicted of driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol or a combination of both must attend a driving school. The driving school is commonly referred to as a alcohol rehabilitation course. The amount of time you spend in DUI school can depend on several factors such as:
- The type of offense you are convicted of.
- Any prior DUI convictions on your criminal record.
- Your blood alcohol content (BAC)
- Other aggravating circumstances
Your are usually court ordered to enroll in your alcohol course within 21 days from the time you were sentenced. If you do not, you can face additional penalties.
Now that you’ve plead or been found guilty and ordered to attend a DUI course, here’s what you need to know about California DUI course:
- You must attend a DUI course approved by the state. If you attend a course not licensed by the state, it will not count.
- You must show the DUI course court documents to enroll. Majority of DUI courses in the state will not accept your enrollment unless there is a court order requiring you to enroll. If you do not have court documents, a suspension notice from the California of Motor Vehicles may suffice.
- There is no “one size fits all” DUI programs. There is not one type of DUI school. The state licenses various types of programs to fit the needs of the driver convicted of drunk driving. For instance, there are DUI courses for first time offenders, individuals convicted for a second DUI and those with multiple DUI convictions.
- You are responsible for paying for your DUI course. Although the court requires you to attend mandatory DUI school, it will not pay for it. You will. The typical cost of a DUI school is approximately $200. Keep in mind that $200 is the minimum. Classes that last a month or longer can cost hundreds, and sometimes even thousands of dollars. If you cannot pay for the course, discuss your financial situation with the alcohol school and also with the court. A payment plan may be offered so that you can complete your DUI course.
- Successfully completing your DUI course is a requirement by both the court and the Department of Motor Vehicles. Individuals who do not successfully complete the mandatory courses will have their driving privileges revoked. Revocation is done by the California DMV, not court. The court, however, can find you guilty of a probation violation and sentence you to term in jail if you do not successfully complete your DUI program.
- Successfully completing a DUI program is a condition of your probation. It is required as part of your DUI convictions.. Thus, failure to successful complete the course is a probation violation. It does not matter if you completed other terms of your probation. You can face a substantial amount of jail time as a result of being found guilty by the court of a probation violation.
Attending DUI school is embarrassing. It is also expensive and takes up a lot of your time. However, when you are facing tough DUI penalties like jail time and fines, you should consult with a skilled Los Angeles DUI Defense Attorney to discuss your options.
At the Law Offices of Jonathan Franklin, we provide a free consultation to review the facts of your case and talk to you about possible defenses. We can help you in your effort to successfully resolve your DUI matter, and avoid or reduce the amount of penalties that you may face. For more information, contact the Law Offices of Jonathan Franklin.