Everyone who gets convicted of a DUI in Los Angeles County is going to have to do a DUI alcohol program and they’ll have to do one of the DUI classes. There’s a three-month class, a six-month class, a nine-month, an eighteen-month class and a thirty-month class Most offenders who get a first-time DUI are going to do a three-month alcohol program, where for three months, they’re going to have to go through a DUI course. It’s like a class. You have to pay for the course, and if you don’t do the course, then the course will report you to the court. You will then violate your DUI probation in Los Angeles and will be looking at potentially going to jail.
The judges and prosecutors take these DUI classes very seriously, and it would be an internal violation of your DUI probation if you fail to complete your DUI course. I have clients sometimes who just don’t want to do the course – are too busy, say they have to work – and they end up not doing the program. The judges say, okay if you don’t want to do the program, then you’re going to get 180 days in jail. How do you like that? So, that’s how serious they take these DUI classes.
As far as what it is, it’s basically an educational course related to DUI’s – the impact they have on society and the impact they can have on you if you continue to drink and drive and kill somebody. You could be looking at going to prison for fifteen for life and being charged with second-degree murder. So, I think they operate as an educational thing related to DUI’s and I think they also operate as a deterrent not to drink and drive anymore. So, for those people who take them seriously, I’ve actually got pretty good feedback from my clients as far as DUI programs go.
For those people who don’t take them seriously and just mess around with them, that usually ends up as a big problem in the DUI world, because that’s one of the indicators for the judge and prosecutor that you’re not taking your DUI seriously, and you’re probably likely to re-offend. So, they’re going to punish you for that, and again, this whole DUI area and topic is one that is politically charged and the prosecutors, police and judges are all very concerned when they see people not taking their DUI classes seriously, not taking the punishment related to a DUI seriously, and basically blowing off their responsibilities.
So, when it comes to the DUI classes, you have to do them. They’re not that difficult to do. It’s more a matter of time and a little bit of money being paid for them. Another issue with these DUI classes is, when you get a DUI, the DMV becomes involved as well as part of their punishment. They’re going to punish you for a first-time DUI. Part of their punishment is, in order to ever get your driver’s license back to be able to drive in California again, you have to finish at least the first-offender alcohol program depending on what your blood alcohol level was and what number DUI you got. If you don’t finish that program, they’re never going to give you your driver’s license back.
People come in from out-of-state with DUI’s to try to get their California driver’s license. If they didn’t complete the first-offender alcohol program that’s compatible with Los Angeles, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles, then the DMV in LA says, well, then you can’t drive here. So, they make you complete the alcohol program. That’s how seriously they take it. So, if you don’t complete the alcohol program, you can’t get your driver’s license back. So, it’s very important. Again, it’s not that difficult. It’s not that complicated. It’s more a matter of time and being responsible enough to complete the alcohol program in Los Angeles.
So, if you have a DUI in California, and specifically, Los Angeles, you’re going to want to get an attorney who has been down this road before and had success. Contact our Los Angeles DUI lawyers to review your case.