Although most DUIs are misdemeanors, upon conviction, they can impose some harsh, long-term penalties on individuals that can be costly to both their wallets and their personal reputations. In addition to potentially having to serve jail time and complete lengthy community service requirements, individuals convicted of DUIs may also be sentenced by the courts to pay expensive fines and complete alcohol education classes.
These alcohol education classes for DUIs can be extremely costly and time consuming in and of themselves, and failing to complete them could result in further court-ordered penalties, as well as delays in the full reinstatement of individuals’ drivers’ licenses.
While alcohol education classes for DUIs generally involve a combination of education courses and therapy sessions, the length of time that an individual will be required to attend these classes will depend on:
- His or her age (with there being different requirements for those convicted of underage DUIs)
- His or her blood alcohol content (with individuals who had BACs greater than 0.17 generally having to participate in these classes for longer periods of time)
- Whether or not (s)he has prior DUI convictions.
For a closer look at the specific types of programs or “tracks” associated with alcohol education classes for DUIs, check out our upcoming Part 2 of this blog.
Denver Criminal Defense Lawyers
The authorities take driving while under the influence charges, particularly when they have allegedly been committed by prior offenders or they allegedly involve accidents, injuries or deaths, extremely seriously, and these charges – even if a person is ultimately acquitted of them – can have a devastating impact on a person’s personal and professional life. If you or a loved one has been accused of a DUI or of any felony or misdemeanor crime in Denver, you will need an experienced defense attorney who is dedicated to defending your rights.
At the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara, our skilled Denver criminal defense lawyers are committed to providing the accused with the best possible defense and to working tirelessly to helping them resolve their case as favorably as possible. To learn more about your legal rights and receive expert advice on how to proceed with your case, contact us at (720) 379-8262.