Depending on the circumstances of your arrest and the laws in your state, you may have to complete a DUI education program before you can get your driver’s license back. This class is also known as an alcohol education program, an impaired driving education program, or a safe drinking seminar. Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that these classes are not designed to make you feel like a terrible person for having one too many cocktails with friends. 

These classes are designed to help you understand why it’s so dangerous to drive while impaired, learn ways to avoid putting yourself at risk for this kind of arrest again, and give you strategies for staying sober in future situations. That said, some people feel embarrassed or resentful about having to take DUI classes after being arrested for drunk driving. But remember that these classes aren’t personal – they’re universal for anyone arrested for DUI. And if you take them seriously and show up regularly and on time, most licensing agencies won’t require anything further from you after you graduate.

What To Expect From A DUI Education Class

Most classes are run by private organizations and offered at community colleges and adult learning centers. You will likely be assigned a group of other students who are at different stages in the process – some may have just been arrested, whereas others may be like you, already enrolled in the program and waiting to complete it. You’ll likely be given reading materials that correspond to the class’s curriculum. Depending on the state, the class might be held in a group setting or one-on-one with an instructor. 

In either case, expect to be quizzed on key points at the end of each session. You will be expected to participate in the class, rather than sit back and watch. Different instructors may require that you complete a group activity, participate in a group discussion, or write a short paper. You might also be asked to read and respond to articles, watch videos, or complete surveys. Whether or not you find the class to be enjoyable, don’t forget that you are there to learn.

Who Teaches and Runs the Classes?

The people who teach the class vary based on the private organization contracted to provide the program in your area. Some teachers bring a lot of personal experience to the lesson plan, while others have impressive credentials. Remember: Just because someone is an expert on the topic doesn’t mean they make a great teacher. Look for qualities like a warm and supportive approach and if you sit in the front row, don’t be surprised if the teacher makes a special effort to connect with you and get to know you. The goal of the class is to help you – not make you feel worse about yourself. An understanding of what you’re going through: The teacher should know how the arrest and the process of facing a court date feels. They should also know how you’re likely feeling – scared, confused, angry, etc.

What Is The Benefit of Completing a Class?

The main benefit of completing a DUI education class is that it can help you get your license back sooner. Some states will require you to complete the class in order to get your license back at all, while others will require it before you can have your license reinstated with fewer restrictions. In either case, a DUI education class can give you a clean slate because it will remove the charge from your record. If you’re wondering if it’s possible to take a DUI class and keep your ticket off your record, the answer is yes – it depends on the circumstances surrounding your arrest, as well as your state’s laws.

How Long Does It Take to Complete an Education Class?

This varies depending on the situation and your state’s laws. Many courts require you to complete the class within 90 days of your arrest. Other states have a specific time period in which you have to complete the class, regardless of when your ticket was issued. You can find out the time frame in your area by contacting your local Department of Motor Vehicles office, or checking online for your state’s DMV website. Each organization contracted to provide the class will also have information about the time frame in your area.

Will I Lose My License If I Don’t Comply With the Requirements?

This depends on the circumstances of your arrest, your state’s laws, and the terms of your probation. The one universal truth: You don’t want to go to trial on charges of driving under the influence. It’s costly, time-consuming, and stressful, and even if you win, your name will be listed in the public record. And if you lose, your driver’s license will be suspended anyway. This is why you’re likely to be offered a deal to complete a DUI education program. If you accept it, the charge will be dismissed. And if you complete the program, you won’t have a mark on your record.

Final Words

If you’ve been arrested for drunk driving and are required to complete a DUI education class, don’t hesitate to sign up. Not only can it help you get your license back sooner, but it can also help you understand why you shouldn’t make this mistake again. If you complete the program and show up regularly and on time, most licensing agencies won’t require anything further from you after you graduate. Remember that the goal of DUI education classes is not to shame you, but rather to help you understand how dangerous driving while impaired can be.