Readers of this blog know we have discussed the penalties associated with drug or alcohol DUI convictions. To date, we have not really addressed some of the specific requirements, other than fines and jail time that can be part of a DUI sentence. Specifically, the court can require what are known as “DUI classes,” in the interest of better education and, ideally, prevention of repeat offenses.
DUI courses have required lengths; they also must be court-approved and licensed through the Arizona Department of Health Services. The student is responsible for paying the course fees, and unless you are at the “maximum” end of things, these fees appear to be less expensive than DUI fines. Another notable aspect is that DUI classes are available both as classroom courses, and online. Why should this matter? Because jobs, families, health problems, and responsibilities can be at issue. Also, if your license was suspended, that can make it more difficult to get to class. Offering online classes is certainly a way to make compliance with the law easier.
What is covered in these classes? That varies with the type of offense and sentence. Generally, the topics covered can include the effects of alcohol and drugs on the human body, the specific DUI laws in your state, and case studies of how DUI, alcohol and drugs have impacted actual victims and their families. Yes, there can be homework and tests. Yes, you must do it all to receive documentation that you have completed your required classes. Noncompliance can result in jail time or parole revocation.
More serious offenses and sentences require more in-depth classes, longer terms, plus drug testing and substance abuse counseling. Ideally, though, one “term” of DUI classes would be sufficient to discourage an offender from repeating any form of DUI offense.
At Zachary Law Group, experienced attorneys work to establish, assert and protect your legal rights as related to DUI issues. If you, or someone you know, needs information, please contact us. We offer a FREE 30-minute case evaluation, to help provide answers. Bring us your legal problem, and we’ll “Zach-It”! Give us a call soon, at 1-855-Zach-law.