DUI Classes are very similar to Traffic School. A judge ordered you to go to a DUI class to satisfy a condition of your sentencing and so you can get your license back from the agency that issues your driver’s license – similar to how you go to traffic school to avoid points on your record or keep your insurance rates low.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT MY DUI CLASSES?
If this is your first time having to go to DUI classes, you probably aren’t sure what to expect. These classes are really nothing to get worked up about. Many DUI classes consist of you sitting in a conference room setting with other “students” discussing their DUIs, causes of DUI, DUI statistics. DUI classes typically employ drug/alcohol counselors as teachers to administer these classes. They often act as the DUI class moderator.
The other portion of your DUI classes will usually center around a guest speaker or watching motivational films with the aim of deterring you from drinking and driving again. Speakers at DUI classes can be former counselors, law enforcement officers, or recovered addicts.
The most important thing to remember with your DUI classes is that you MUST show up on your scheduled day and you MUST be on time! Most DUI class administrators will issue you a warning and charge you a fine for tardiness or unexcused absences.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T GO TO MY DUI CLASSES?
As we indicated above, it is crucial that you show up to your orientation on the date that your court papers show. From there on out, you will need to be very flexible with your schedule and be able to coordinate rides to/from your DUI classes – whatever you have to do to make sure you are there on time. Many programs will not let you in if you are tardy, and that can be marked against you as an absence. Absences can cost you additional money, and if you accumulate enough absences, your failure to complete the DUI classes will be reported back to the court. Failure to complete these classes will result in a violation of your probation and it will undoubtedly affect your ability to get for driver’s license back.