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DUI School

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If you’ve had your license suspended or been convicted of a DUI, you will be required to enroll in and complete a DUI education program.  These programs are licensed through the state and are conducted in-person only.

ONLINE DUI SCHOOLS ARE NOT ACCEPTED AND WILL NOT SATISFY YOUR COURT OR DMV REQUIREMENT.

Failure to enroll and complete the courts may subject you to a probation violation, additional license suspension, and more custody time.

Class Length

Wet Reckless School

For a wet-reckless program, you will be required to attend a total of six sessions, each being two hours.

The cost for this program is approximately $500 however, program costs varies.

3-Month Program

If you're ordered to the three month program, you will be required to attend a total of six, two hour education sessions; nine two-hour group counseling sessions; and three individual sessions that last for approximately 15 minutes.

 

The cost for this program is approximately $700-900 however, program cost varies.

 

6-Month Program      

 

If you're ordered to the six-month program, you will be required to attend: six two-hour education classes; 16 two-hour group counseling sessions; and four individual sessions that last approximately 15 minutes.

 

The cost for this program is approximately $800-1000 however, program cost varies.

 

9-Month Program

 

If you're ordered to the nine-month program, you will be required to attend: six two-hour education classes; twenty-four (24) two-hour counseling sessions; and six individual sessions that last approximately 15 minutes.

 

The cost for this program is approximately $1300 however, program cost varies.

 

18-Month Program

 

If you're ordered to the 18-month program, you will be required to attend: six two-hour education classes; twenty-six (26) two-hour group counseling sessions; twenty-six (26) individual sessions that last approximately 15 minutes; and six one-hour sessions a month for the last six months of the program.

 

The cost for this program is approximately $2000 however, program cost varies.

Costs and fee waiver

While these programs cost vary, many providers will allow you to enroll in a payment program.  Many of the programs also offer reduced cost for low income attendees.

If you cannot afford to enroll in the DUI program, you may request assistance from the DUI program provide directly.  In order to reduce fees, you need to qualify for a fee waiver.  If you qualify, your fee will be based on a sliding scale.  You will need to provide documentation to the DUI program as to the basis for your fee waiver request, such as proof of income.  The program will then verify the need for a fee waiver before granting the request.

Court required documents

In order to satisfy the court ordered education program, you will be required to show two proofs. The first is the proof of enrollment.  You will be required to provide this to the court within 21 days after you’ve been sentenced.  Once you enroll, the provider will typically provide this to the DMV and the court on your behalf

Always request a copy of your enrollment and forward a copy to your attorney for their records.

 

It is common for proofs of enrollment to become lost or misplaced in the mail.  If the court does not receive the proof within the 21 days, the court will issue an “order to show cause” or a bench warrant for failing to provide proof.  The court views the proof of enrollment as your responsibility, not the providers, so they will not take lightly the excuse that you thought the provider sent it. 

The second document you will be provided is a proof of completion.  When you are sentenced, the court will order that you complete the DUI program by a specific time. The judge will usually give you an extended period past the minimum amount of time required. For instance, if you are required to complete the three-month program, the court will set the completion date six months out.

Class attendance

Naturally while attending a class, sometimes life gets in the way.  First, you should treat your DUI class as significant as the court expects you to; make the class a priority.  This means that if you have to chose between going to DUI school or attending a family dinner, movie date, after work function, etc.., go to class.

 

However, if you do need to miss class, you will be given only a limited number of absences.  If you miss a day, you will be required to make the session up. If you miss more than the number of allowed absences, you will be dropped from the program.  If you are dropped, it will require you to go back to court and explain to the court what happened, and request the court allow you to re-enroll in the program.

You are allowed the following amount of absences:

  • Wet Reckless Program – 2 absences

  • 3-Month Program – 5 absences

  • 6-Month Program – 7 absences

  • 9-Month Program – 7 absences

  • 18-Month Program – 10 absences

 

During the program, you will be required to remain sober.  If you are believed to be under the influence, the program may administer a breathalyzer or remove you from the program.

Local providers

Below is a list of state approved providers in that may be in your area.

Solano Providers:

 

A.K. Bean, Inc.

 

Bi-Bett-Ia Tik Recovery Center

 

Contra Costa Providers:

Occupational Health Services

 

Bi-Bett Future Solutions

 

Bi-Bett Dawn Center

 

Napa Providers:

 

Napa County DUI Program

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