A majority of roadside accidents and deaths involve alcohol related
incidents. It's a very serious matter when a driver becomes impaired
because of alcohol and gets behind the wheel of a car. That's why many
states require that a person convicted of a DUI attend a certified DUI
school before they can get their license back.
Essentially these alcohol related accidents are on some level
preventable. If you don't drink and drive you are much less likely to
get into an accident. Quite often the influence of an intensive DUI
course is enough to get some one back on track. That last thing you
want is to face a judge with multiple DUI arrests.
Varies from state to state
Every state has variations on the particulars of DUI school but there
are some common denominators. Typically DUI school is meant for first
time offenders. As part of pleading guilty, you will be required to
attend and complete a DUI school and present your completion
certification back to the court before you get your license back.
Most states require that you attend an in-person DUI course. Often this
means anywhere from 8 hours to 12 weeks of three hour classes. The
course work is going to involve intensive driving and alcohol abuse
The first thing you'll need to do is complete an evaluation test which
will take about 30 minutes. This is to assess your level of alcohol
abuse. You might have just been out one night having fun and had a few
too many and were pulled over. Alcoholism might not be an issue for you
but as the court sees it being arrested and convicted of a DUI means
you need to be made aware of the ramifications of your actions and
that's what the course work is all about.
A lot of people who are faced with DUI school want to take the "path of
least resistance." There are some states, like Nevada, which allow you
to take your DUI school courses online. Whereas this might be a
convenient alternative to weekly structure classes, you may not be
achieving the full benefit of one-on-one counseling and group work.
Other states require attending the classroom for your DUI school.
Each DUI school is privately run. In other words, these aren't DMV
operations but they need to be certified by the DMV in order for it to
count. As part of the course work you will be studying the affects of
alcohol on your ability to drive and whether or not this could be a
potential area of concern in your life. There may be counseling
available to supplement your DUI school work.
As a first time offender you'll be sharing your class with other first
time offenders. This means you certainly have the opportunity to find
some common ground without the shame or embarrassment. DUI school is
more geared towards attendance and understanding of the material
presented as opposed to homework, book reports or class presentations.
Because of that, you're required to have a perfect attendance record or
else you might have to start over from scratch.
As the saying goes, "if you do the crime, you have to do the time." As
long as no one was seriously injured as a result of your DUI, you
should embrace the DUI school experience as a chance for a clean slate
and fresh start.