Do I have to attend an alcohol class for my first DUI? 57 Answers as of May 30, 2013

I am not an alcoholic. I just had a drink from a friend's party. Going home, I swerved and hit a fence. I also blew .20.

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Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
I'd recommend you retain a lawyer to help you or you ask the court for legal counsel.You have a right to counsel. Don't be afraid to exercise that right. It depends on whether you are being ordered to do it. If you are ordered to do it by a judge, you are risking substantial additional sanctions if you refuse to do so.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/21/2012
Robert Mortland
Robert Mortland | Law Office of Robert Mortland
Yes. To get your license back you will have to complete a DUI class.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/26/2012
Harrison & Harrison
Harrison & Harrison | Samuel Harrison
ALL persons convicted of a DUI in Georgia will have to have an alcohol/drug assessment and WILL have to take the course, even if it is your first conviction.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 3/26/2012
Law Office of Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq.
Law Office of Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. | Elizabeth B. Carpenter
Yes, you must attend an alcohol class for a first DWI in Louisiana. You were convicted or pleaded guilty to a DWI and part of the penalty is attendance at an alcohol class. Generally, the class can be completed in one day.
Answer Applies to: Louisiana
Replied: 3/23/2012
Law Office of Phillip Weiser
Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
Usually all DUI convictions, no matter the person's background would require attending the classes.
Answer Applies to: Kansas
Replied: 3/23/2012
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    Yes or you can go to jail. You had a high alcohol level and was still able to drive.? You might want to rethink the idea that you are not an acoholic.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/22/2012
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    That must have been one giant drink. .20 is more than three times the legal Limit in Michigan. The courts will likely consider you a alcohol risk based on that bac. Get a local lawyer on board ASAP!
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/22/2012
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    Attendance and completion of an alcohol awareness program in mandatory if convicted of DUI.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 3/22/2012
    The Short Law Group, P.C.
    The Short Law Group, P.C. | Shawn Kollie
    Under Oregon Law any DUI Diversion or Conviction will have a mandatory element of alcohol treatment. However, you have the right to choose your treatment provider so long as it is a certified program. By refusing to participate in Alcohol Treatment classes you will likely either be violating the court ordered probation, or the Diversion Agreement you had with the courts. Talk with an experienced DUI Lawyer about some of the better treatment providers in your area.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 3/22/2012
    The Chastaine Law Office
    The Chastaine Law Office | Michael Chastaine
    If you want to keep your drivers license you will need to attend the drinking driver program.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    You have to so whatever you are told to so if you are on probation but it is more than likely. And .20 is very high.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Grantland, Blodgett, Shaw & Abel
    Grantland, Blodgett, Shaw & Abel | Gregory M. Abel
    Yes. The alcohol evaluation and treatment is a requirement of all DUII convictions.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    You will have to go to a first offender program because your BAC was 0.20 the program that is required is a nine month program.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache
    The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache | Stephanie Arrache
    If convicted, alcohol classes are mandatory.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    You have a very serious case causing an accident and blowing a .20 that is an aggravated DUI. You are facing jail time and DUI probation, which is a 3 year probation in which you will not get your license back until you are off probation. DUI classes are the least of your problems.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Larry K. Dunn & Associates | Larry K. Dunn
    A first dui conviction requires at least attendance at DUI School, which is an 8 hour educational class, Since your blood alcohol content exceeded .18, the law requires you to obtain an alcohol evaluation to determine if you need additional counseling which could be 1 to 3 years.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
    You are required to undergo an "Alcohol Problem Assessment" and follow the recommendations from that assessment. The recommendations may include an alcohol education program even on a first offense. It could also recommend treatment, depending upon your circumstances. Whatever the recommendation (s), they will become a condition of your probation.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    A test of .20% puts you at an aggravated DUI level. A judge will require you to get an evaluation if you want to avoid a straight jail sentence of 7 to 60 days and one year loss of your driver's license.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Office of Patrick E. Donovan, PLLC
    Law Office of Patrick E. Donovan, PLLC | Patrick E. Donovan
    If you blew a .20 you are most likely going to be charged with an Aggravated DUI, which carries a mandatory jail sentence and in patient treatment. You should seek the advice of a competent DUI attorney.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Office of Neal L. Weinstein
    Law Office of Neal L. Weinstein | Neal L. Weinstein
    A .20 is more than double the legal limit. If your license was suspended, you have to take the DEEP course to get your license back and pay a reinstatement fee.
    Answer Applies to: Maine
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A.
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A. | Donald L. Blaszka, Jr.
    If you are found guilty or plead guilty to DWI 1st offense in NH you will have to successfully complete an Impaired Driver Intervention Program in addition to loss of license, fines and other consequences. However, if your breath result is a .20 you may be facing Aggravated DWI (.16 or higher). If you are found guilty or plead guilty of Aggravated DWI, you will have to serve 3 days in jail and successfully complete a 7 day intervention program. You should speak with an experienced NH DWI defense attorney.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    Thank you for your inquiry In most cases in Michigan you will need to attend an alcohol class. Your bac will be considered very high by the. Court. You should discuss this with your attorney to determine a treatment strategy. You could also be charged in Michigan under the super drunk laws. It is important that you have an attorney advise you in your case. If you have not already hired one, you should consider immediately doing so in order to be best informed and protected. I hope that this was helpful.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    That's a very high reading! Yes, you will probably have to take the NYS DMV Drinking Driver Program.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
    It is the DMV that insists on at least a three-month class if you ever want a California license again. If not, a good attorney can sometimes convince the court not to order it. It does not matter whether or not you are an alcoholic or the circumstances leading up to the DUI. Sometimes, however, a longer class is ordered (18 months) if your BA is considered high so consider yourself lucky if you only get the three-month class.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Offices of Phil Hache
    Law Offices of Phil Hache | Phil Hache
    If you are convicted of a DUI, then yes, you will have to attend (at a minimum) a 3 month alcohol class. With a .20 Blood alcohol content, you may be looking at an enhancement charge that if found, would require a 9 month alcohol class as well as other additional penalties. You should contact a DUI attorney to discuss your case in more detail.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Offices of James A Bates
    Law Offices of James A Bates | James A Bates
    Yes you must attend classes if you ever expect to get your license back. A .20 is more than one drink.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Glass Defense Firm
    Glass Defense Firm | Jason M. Glass
    If you license is revoked, you will have to successfully complete the Alcohol Safety Treatment Program in order to have it reinstated.
    Answer Applies to: West Virginia
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    H. Scott Basham, Attorney at Law, P.C. | H. Scott Basham
    Attending DUI risk reduction classes is a fairly standard part of a sentence for DUI if you plead guilty or nolo or are found guilty at a trial. It's the judge's discretion.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq.
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
    Yes, the classes are mandatory for everyone based upon your CRN Evaluation.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    VANJOHNSON LAW FIRM, LLC
    VANJOHNSON LAW FIRM, LLC | Anthony Overton Van Johnson
    In most jurisdications, you would be required to have an alcohol evaluation and follow any recommended treatment. Your test results are almost three times the limit, so there's a good possibility that treatment may be recommended.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Office of Thomas A. Medford, Jr., PC
    Law Office of Thomas A. Medford, Jr., PC | Thomas A. Medford, Jr.
    The amount of thebreath test result at more than twice the legal limit would indicate that you would benefit from taking the class. I expect you will have to take alcohol class.
    Answer Applies to: District of Columbia
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    You blew almost three times the legal limit and you were highly intoxicated when you chose to operate a vehicle on a public highway. You endangered the lives of thousands of innocent drivers and you had an accident. You are likely to be convicted of a DWI and will have a criminal conviction for the rest of your life. Your insurance will cost a fortune every year, costing you $50,000 or more. You will find it very hard to ever get a good job. You could do a year in jail and your fines will be around $500. You should retain a good criminal lawyer to try to get an Impaired violation. That will cost around $2,500 because you will have to go to trial. Drunk driving is like firing a gun at a moving train and hoping that no one gets hit by the bullets. You are worried about a few hours of classes when you should be worried about how you are going to get a good job since you are very likely to have a public defender and you are almost certain to be convicted of a DWI with a .20 and an accident. You are not a good decision maker. you could have avoided all f this by just calling a taxi. You risked your life and the lives of thousands of people because you were too cheap to call a taxi or get a ride home from a friend. I hope you learn from this very serious mistake because you are lucky to be alive.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Aaron Black Law
    Aaron Black Law | Aaron Black
    In Arizona, if you are convicted of DUI you will have to attend alcohol classes.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Anderson Law Office
    Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
    If you are ordered to do so by the court then yes.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    Yes, a judge is going to make you attend a class, especially with a ,20 breath test. That is 2 1/2 times the legal limit. At minimum, you will be required to attend alcohol/drug information school. With your level of alcohol, I would bet the judge will require you to get an alcohol drug evaluation.... even for a first offense.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    In Illinois, if plead or found guilty, and not sentenced to jail, you must get an alcohol evaluation and follow their recommendations, as a condition of the probationary sentence you receive, if you fail to do so, you will probably end up in jail.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Theodore W. Robinson, P.C.
    Theodore W. Robinson, P.C. | Theodore W. Robinson
    Sorry, if you blew a .20 you didn't have A drink, you had a LOT of drinks. If you had .20 blood alcohol, unless the cop did something to the machine, you had to have had more than 4 drinks within an hour and a half of being tested. At least that's my experience. To answer your question, yes, it is very likely you will have to take the class. Oh, and by the way, if you blew a .20 and thought you only had one drink, then you may well be an alcoholic and not realize it - yet! Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    You may not be an alcoholic, but you have trouble with reality. You had one drink and blew .20, which is more than twice the legal limit. So, yes you must attend, and yes you should attend, and yes you should stop drinking. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Meadows & Howell, LLC
    Meadows & Howell, LLC | Brad Howell
    You are usually not required to attend classes unless you request the court referral program. If you wish to complete the court referral program in order to have the DUI charge not appear on your record, then yes, you must complete whatever classes the court directs you to complete in order to satisfy the terms of the court referral program. It is unlikely that a prosecutor or judge would require that you take classes if you are simply pleading guilty to the charge and agree to having a conviction show up on your record. But it is possible, dependent upon the particular judge you have and the specific facts of your case. If the court does deem that you should complete classes as terms of your probation, then obviously they must be completed.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    Alcohol classes are required to avoid going to jail even on a first offense in Colorado.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Quitmeier Law Firm, P.C.
    Quitmeier Law Firm, P.C. | William M. Quitmeier
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    Connell-Savela
    Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
    Yes - if convicted or if lose DMV/EC hearing - it is mandatory - also, over .20 is mandatory 10 days jail - but you should fight the DMV hearing In response to your DUI Questions: I am a criminal defense attorney that focuses on DUI cases. If you would like to discuss your case, please contact me. Some important information- If you have been served with a Notice of Revocation, then you have 7 days to request a hearing. Please do that immediately by going to your local DMV office, tell them you got a DUI and you want to request a hearing. They will give you a form. DO NOT REQUEST THE OFFICER. We can do that later if we choose to, but most often it means you will lose. The receipt DMV gives you allows you to drive until the day of the hearing. Representation begins when client pays attorney an agreed upon retainer and returns a signed fee agreement.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Do I have to attend? Depends upon what you are sentenced to upon conviction or plea. You face potential jail, fines, loss of license, alcohol school, etc. The DA doesn't have to prove you are an alcoholic, only that you were under the influence at the time. Your .20 BA is pretty damning evidence of that for both formal counts of DUI that you face: 1. under the influence; 2. over the legal BA limit. That .20 BA also means you face a third count under enhanced sentencing guidelines for being more than twice the legal limit. A little free advice: When arrested for DUI, whether alcohol or drugs, then upon release from jail or booking the defendant is given documents that include a notice that you have only ten days to file a request with DMV for a hearing on an appeal of an automatic suspension of your license imposed by DMV. That is separate and runs consecutively with any suspension that may be imposed by the court. Contact DMV and do so, timely, then appear at your scheduled DMV appeal hearing and present any supporting evidence and testimony. If you don't know how to do these things effectively, then hire an attorney that does. Of course you can fight the criminal charges. When arrested or charged with any crime, the proper questions are, can any evidence obtained in a test, search or confession be used against you, can you be convicted, and what can you do? Raise all appropriate defenses with whatever witnesses, evidence and sympathies are available for legal arguments, for evidence suppression or other motions, or for trial. While this isn't a 'capital case', you certainly face potential jail and fines, so handle it right. Effective plea-bargaining, using those defenses, could possibly reduce the potential time and other penalties you face. No amount of free 'tips and hints' from here or elsewhere are going to effectively help you in your legal defense. If you don't know how to represent yourself effectively against an experienced prosecutor intending to convict, then hire an attorney that does, who will try to get a dismissal, diversion program, charge reduction, or other decent outcome through plea bargain, or take it to trial if appropriate.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Absolutely. Court will require it, and you won't be able to get your license back until you complete it. That is why you should explore alternatives to pleading guilty.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    The Law Offices of Harold L. Wallin | Harold L. Wallin
    Alcohol treatment is required as part of any DUI sentence in Illinois.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 3/20/2012
    Ellman and Ellman PC
    Ellman and Ellman PC | Kevin Ellmann
    In Colorado, the answer is almost certainly yes. An alcohol evaluation is required and they will recommend at least Level I alcohol education.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 3/20/2012
    The Law Firm of David Jolly
    The Law Firm of David Jolly | David Jolly
    You will first need an evaluation and it is more than likely (re: probable) that not only will you have to do an alcohol class but you may have to do many (or treatment). The treatment evaluation counselor follows a "model" and the model to determine whether you are or are not needing classes depends on your criminal/alcohol history, the age you first began drinking, if you have alcoholics in your family, and your BAC. If your BAC is over 0.15 you are presumed to have the potential for an alcohol problem. This is where you fit in - so expect no less than 20 hours of alcohol classes.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 3/20/2012
    Gutin and Wolverton
    Gutin and Wolverton | Harley Gutin
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    Law Office of Evan E. Zelig
    Law Office of Evan E. Zelig | Evan E. Zelig
    California requires all people convicted of a DUI offense to complete an approved alcohol education course as part of their probation. Generally on a first offense DUI this is a 3-month class, however with a BAC of .20% or more the court and DMV will require an extended 9-Month first offender class. The DMV also requires completion of this class prior to reinstating your license or privilege to drive. Yes, it is necessary to attend a DUI class as required by the court and DMV.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/20/2012
    Law Office of Joe Dane
    Law Office of Joe Dane | Joe Dane
    If you lose your license through the DMV suspension process and/or are convicted of DUI, the DMV will require the completion of an alcohol course (minimum 3 months in duration) in order to get your license back.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/20/2012
    San Diego DUI Law Center
    San Diego DUI Law Center | Rick Mueller
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum | Edward J. Blum
    Yes. 3, 6 or 9 month class depending on jurisdiction and plea. Probably 9 month because .2 BAC. Careful with longer classes, can't get unrestricted license back until you complete them.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/20/2012
    Law Office of Peter Vlautin
    Law Office of Peter Vlautin | Peter P. Vlautin, III
    You had more than one drink at friends house to blow a .20!!! You may have to go to a 6 month course because your BA was over .15 You are lucky you did not kill someone or yourself
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/20/2012
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