Motorists convicted of driving under the influence face many different penalties, including possible terms of imprisonment, fines and fees, and driver's license suspension. In addition to these major penalties, convicted individuals will often also be required to complete a certified DUI program in order to complete the terms of their sentence and/or regain their driving privileges. This means that even if the program isn't court ordered, the DMV will likely require it.
DUI programs provide education and counseling services to individuals who have been convicted of driving under the influence. The length of this program will depend on various factors involved in your case, including:
- The nature of your DUI charge
- Your blood alcohol content (BAC) level
- Your criminal record (prior DUI convictions)
Typically, first offender programs are 3 months long, but can be extended up to 6, 9, or 12 months depending on the facts of your case. This program will consist of education sessions, group counseling, and individual counseling. Multiple offender programs are generally 18 months long, but in some cases can be extended to 36 months.
DUI programs can be costly, time-consuming, and burdensome - especially if your license is suspended. They serve as a reminder of the numerous consequences and expenses associated with DUI convictions. The Ventura County DUI program is offered in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Ventura, and Fillmore.
If you have questions about a DUI arrest and how you can avoid penalties like the DUI program, Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP is available to discuss your case during a FREE consultation. Contact a Ventura County DUI attorney from our firm today to learn more about your charges and defense.