Recently on our DUI forum a user asked, “I was arrested for DUI and part of my condition for my probation was that I attend a drug and alcohol education class. I know that these classes are supposed to help me understand about the consequences of drinking and driving and how detrimental alcohol dependency can be for my life, but I feel like I know that already. What is the worst that can happen to me if I refuse to attend these classes?”
Benefits of Alcohol Education courses
It’s well known that there is a high correlation between crime and alcohol and drug use. In fact, prisons are full of individuals who committed violent actions while high on drugs or intoxicated by alcohol.
Experts also know that effective drug treatment programs can be more effective at breaking the drug use/criminal activity cycle than penalties, fines, and incarceration. With this in mind, alcohol education and drug treatment classes have become a high priority for the justice system.
What does this mean for you? The courts view drug and alcohol treatment as very important. Not only can it help ensure that DUI offenders do not reoffend, it can also save lives. In other words, the courts view this requirement as very important and are not likely to look the other way if you simply choose not to attend.
Refusing to attend alcohol education programs
Drivers who refuse to attend alcohol education programs may face a variety of penalties. For example, if the alcohol education program was a requirement of your probation and you choose not to attend, you can be sent to jail. The court may also refuse to reinstate your driver’s license until you have completed the program, which means you will not be able to legally drive.
In some cases, drivers may be required to take the alcohol education and treatment courses prior to final sentencing. Although this does not sound like this is an issue for you, it could be for other drivers, who might find the judge is less likely to go easy on sentencing if they have refused treatment.
What type of alcohol education classes will I have to attend?
You didn’t mention whether you were a first-time offender or a multiple DUI offender, but there are several factors which can determine what type of class you will have to attend.
For example, if your BAC or blood alcohol concentration was high, you injured or killed another person, or you have been arrested for multiple DUI offenses, your class and training can be very extensive, requiring hours of class attendance. If this was your first DUI and your BAC was low, however, the state may view you as less of a risk and your education classes might be completed in as little as 12 hours.
Alcohol education classes have been found to be effective at reducing the recidivism rate for alcohol related offenses. Hopefully, you can complete your classes in a few days, but even if you cannot, the penalties for not completing your classes can be severe.
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