Following a DUI charge, state law requires offenders to attend mandatory alcohol education classes. These DUI schools are designed to assess and treat individuals after a DUI offense. Although these alcohol education courses are mandatory, cooperating with the court regarding attendance and involvement with them may help significantly reduce a DUI charge.
DUI alcohol education classes, sometimes known as drunk driving education, can be ordered by the criminal court or the department of motor vehicles. Both entities can order a person charged with DUI to attend an alcohol treatment program and an alcohol education course. These mandatory orders are carried out before sentencing and the outcome of both can be taken into consideration before a final sentencing.
Individuals that are ordered to enroll in alcohol education programs and successfully fulfill the terms of their order can sometimes have their driver's license privileges restored. However, these courses are not easy and some offenders fail to comply with the program requirements. For those individuals a restoration of their driving privileges will not take place. They may also be subject to further action by the criminal courts.
There are several different variations of alcohol education programs. Depending on the age of the offender and the severity of their offense, the criminal court may order enrollment into different levels of the program. In order to receive all the possible benefits to a successful completion of an alcohol education program, offenders should speak to a DUI attorney.
The requirement for attendance in an alcohol education program or treatment program varies from state to state and between jurisdictions. With an attorney's help, individuals charged with DUI can stay informed of their court-ordered requirements, and possibly use the successful completion of these programs to reinstate their driving privilege.