If you get caught driving with a blood alcohol level that is higher than what is legally allowed in your state, you could be facing a whole list of different charges against you. The penalties for a first-offense DUI charge can range from basic fines to jail time and license suspension, but there is often one other part of the penalty process that gets tossed in and that is mandatory DUI classes. These classes may be ordered by the judge during your case after you've been found guilty. Here are a few things you will want to know about mandatory DUI classes.
What exactly are mandatory DUI classes?
These classes are in a way a form of driver's education classes that focus more on driving under the influence and less on basic rules of the road and operating a vehicle properly. The classes are usually held at a local conference center, at the DMV, or even on an online platform and they do often consist of a series of lessons and not just one class. Therefore, you should expect to spend quite a few hours in class before you will obtain your certificate of completion.
What do you learn in DUI classes?
The content of the classes you take will depend on where you live and what curriculum plan they use. However, there are general things you can expect to learn in these classes, including:
- about the repercussions of driving under the influence
- how alcohol or drugs affects your driving abilities
- statistics and facts about DUI accidents
- how to know when you are not capable of operating a vehicle
In addition, these classes tend to have both written coursework and videos that you will have to watch and be quizzed on before you can pass the class and get proof of completion.
What happens if you do not complete mandatory DUI classes?
If the order is given by the judge for you to complete these classes after being charged with a DUI, it is crucial that you do so. Not completing the class in the time allotted can actually come with harsher penalties with your DUI charge. For example, if this was your first DUI and you were only penalized by fines and ordered to take the classes and you do not take the classes, the judge could further punish you with license suspension, bigger fines, or even jail time. Contact a DUI lawyer for more help.