Do I need to attend a course for a DUI? 53 Answers as of May 30, 2013

Will I need to attend a course for DUI? I am being charged with DUI for first offense, do I automatically have to attend a course as punishment?

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Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
I'd recommend you exercise your right to counsel. If you are convicted of the offense, then yes, most people convicted of OUI's are usually required to attend some type of classes, treatment, or training.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/25/2012
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
If you do not complete the first offender program your license will be suspended until you do whether you are still on probation or not.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/18/2012
The Short Law Group, P.C.
The Short Law Group, P.C. | Shawn Kollie
Alcohol Treatment is a required condition of any DUI Conviction or Diversion Program in Oregon. Dependent on your evaluation with the treatment provider, alcohol treatment can last anywhere from 3 months up to 1 full year. It is important to talk with a DUI Lawyer who is knowledgeable about the different treatment options you have. This can save you both time and money
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 4/20/2012
Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
It is up to the court to decide if you need to take classes. However, in most instances you will.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 4/10/2012
Law Office of Phillip Weiser
Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
Usually all DUI cases require attendance of some education or treatment courses.
Answer Applies to: Kansas
Replied: 4/9/2012
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber | Michael R. Garber
    Probably. Defensive driving courses are standard conditions of probation.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    If found guilty either by plea bargain or trial, and sentenced to a probationary type of sentence, you will have to get an evaluation of your alcohol and drug useage, and follow recommendations of the evaluator, which can range from classes only to serious counselling, and possible attendence in AA.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    The courts always impose the requirement that you attend and complete either a defensive driving school or complete an alcohol/drug rehabilitation course, in lieu thereof, and that you attend at least one Victim's Impact Panel.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady
    The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady | Kevin O'Grady
    Do not assume you will be convicted or punished. If you hire an attorney that fights for you then you may not have to pay fines or attend courses because the case may be dismissed or you may be found not guilty. Ask a potential attorney how many clients he has had charged with first time DUI that have later plead guilty or no contest to first time DUI. I am one of the very few attorneys that can say in the past year I have not plead a single person guilty or no contest to first time DUI when they have been charged with first time DUI. If you fight, you at least have a fighting chance.
    Answer Applies to: Hawaii
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Toivonen Law Office | John Toivonen
    The terms of a sentence for intoxicated driving may require you to attend a number of different courses. A skilled criminal defense attorney may have his client attend certain seminars prior to appearing in court as a way to persuade the judge that the Defendant is making efforts to become a responsible citizen.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    Yes. You will be required to attend a DUI victim panel; and attend drug/alcohol counseling, the extent of which is determined by the court, based upon a drug/alcohol evaluation.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Law Offices of James A Bates
    Law Offices of James A Bates | James A Bates
    If you were a .08 or over, the DMV requires the school (3 months minimum) before you can ever get your license back.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/7/2012
    Lykins Law | Gerald Lykins
    Not always do you attend counseling, but I would estimate it in 95% of our cases, that the Court wants you to seek counseling.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law Office of Michael Morgan, l.L.C.
    Law Office of Michael Morgan, l.L.C. | Michael Morgan
    If you are found guilty of a DUI the court will typically order as conditions of sentence that you attend and complete a DUI victims panel and obtain an alcohol/drug evaluation and follow any recommended treatment. Mike Morgan Email transmissions to clients of this office presumably contain confidential and privileged material for the sole use of the intended recipient. The use, distribution, transmittal or re-transmittal by any unintended recipient of any communication is prohibited without our express approval in writing or by email. If you are not the intended recipient please contact the sender and delete all copies.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    A course or treatment will depend upon the test level. A low test may not even involve a conviction with a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Hynum Law Office, LLC
    Hynum Law Office, LLC | G. Wayne Hynum
    If you are convicted of a first offense DUI, your driver's license will be suspended for at least 90 days and you have to take the alcohol safety course to get your driver's license back.
    Answer Applies to: Mississippi
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Glass Defense Firm
    Glass Defense Firm | Jason M. Glass
    You only have to take the alcohol safety treatment course if your license is suspended. If you win your administrative hearing and your license does not get suspended otherwise, you do not have to take the course.
    Answer Applies to: West Virginia
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Larry K. Dunn & Associates | Larry K. Dunn
    If convicted for a first offense dui you are required to attend dui school which is typically an 8 hour course. If your blood/alcohol content exceeds .18 or you are under 21 years old, you would be required to obtain an alcohol evaluation and the court would normally require you to follow any treatment recommendation.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    Probably. Yes. Sixteen hours over seven weeks.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Aaron Black Law
    Aaron Black Law | Aaron Black
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    You may be ordered to attend the Victim Impact Program and the Drinking and Driving Program. You will pay for those and if the judge orders them they are mandatory. You may be able to get a conditional license by attending the program. Ask your lawyer to advise you on how to proceed.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq.
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    If you are convicted of a DUI you will be required to go to a DUI school. DUI SCHOOL : Attendance at First Offender Program (FOP) Required BAC = .15?3-month FOP BAC .15 to .19?6-month FOP BAC = .20?9-month FOP.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law Offices of Matthew Murillo
    Law Offices of Matthew Murillo | Matthew Murillo
    No. You only have to attend if you are convicted of a DUI. Just because you are charged with it, doesn't mean an attorney can't negotiate that down to a reduced charge or potentially have the case dismissed. Speak to some local attorneys about your case and see what they can do.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law Office of Gregory Crain | Gregory Crain
    If convicted, yes.
    Answer Applies to: Arkansas
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    If you are convicted - get probation or jail time - you will take a course for your drivers license. You may also take additional courses for alcohol if you get probation.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    VANJOHNSON LAW FIRM, LLC
    VANJOHNSON LAW FIRM, LLC | Anthony Overton Van Johnson
    If you are convicted of DUI, you will have to attend a Risk Reduction (DUI school) course, regardless if this is your first or 15th DUI.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Ellman and Ellman PC
    Ellman and Ellman PC | Kevin Ellmann
    It depends upon the result of an alcohol evaluation. You will have to attend a MADD Victim Impact Panel.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law Office of Richard Southard
    Law Office of Richard Southard | Richard C Southard
    If you wish to continue to drive in New York and are convicted of any section of VTL 1192, you will need to take, at a minimum, the Department of Motor Vehicle's Drinking Driver Program.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    LynchLaw
    LynchLaw | Michael Thomas Lynch
    Just being charged with a DUI does not mean you must take the DMV drivers safety program, but in most cases it will. If you are convicted the court will direct you to DMV to take the course. Likewise, if you are unsuccessful in your DMV administrative hearing you will also be required to complete the course before being eligible to obtain a drivers license. Only if you prevail in both the DMV administrative hearing and the criminal courts will you not have to complete the course.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/5/2012
    Law Offices of Stephanie Lee Ehrbright, Esq.
    Law Offices of Stephanie Lee Ehrbright, Esq. | Stephanie Lee Ehrbright
    If you take a Plea or are found Guilty at Trial then yes, you will have to at least do an alcohol screening, treatment they recommend, and usually a MADD Impact Panel. There is nothing you have to take just for being charged with it though, so if you are found Not Guilty or the case is Dismissed for some reason then you would not need to take any courses.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 4/5/2012
    John Segelbaum, P.S.
    John Segelbaum, P.S. | John Segelbaum
    A minimum of alcohol/drug information school. Possibly more.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 4/5/2012
    Meadows & Howell, LLC
    Meadows & Howell, LLC | Brad Howell
    Attending courses is not part of Alabama's DUI statute; the most basic of penalties for a DUI are fines and/or jail time. However, a judge may require that you attend courses as a means of reducing your sentence or fine. Additionally, many courts offer referral programs which will remove the DUI conviction from your record once you've completed the court referral program, including courses. You may want to speak to an attorney to determine whether you are eligible for such a program.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 4/5/2012
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law | Mark Thiessen
    You don't have to attend any courses if your attorney gets it dismissed or you are found not guilty. But, if you do get convicted then there are a variety of course you will need to complete.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 4/5/2012
    Law Office of Robert Sisson | Robert Sisson
    No. Treatment courses may NOT be needed. Consult with ur atty.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 4/5/2012
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