DWI Classes

DWI Classes
If you are convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI), you may be ordered to complete a drunk driving defense program as part of your sentence. Often referred to as “DWI classes” or “DUI school,” these programs are designed to educate motorists on the dangers of drinking and driving, as well as help them learn general tips for safe driving. Additionally, in some jurisdictions, the program may also be offered as part of a reduced sentence for first-time DWI offenders.

Although each state has its own laws and sentencing guidelines for driving under the influence, one of the most common DWI penalties found in all 50 states is a mandatory license suspension. Due to the inconvenience of being left unable to drive, this penalty is one of the most serious obstacles a driver can face. As a result, courts often give first-time offenders (meaning someone who has never been convicted of drunk driving in the past), the opportunity to earn his or her driving privileges back faster by completing a court-approved DWI education program.

If you are convicted of DWI, the type of DWI class you must complete will depend primarily upon the circumstances of your offense. For a typical drunk driving charge, a one-day course may be enough, while a more serious charge may require spending 12 hours or more in a series of intense courses.

While DWI classes can be a great option for reducing the penalties of a drunk driving conviction, the cost of attending the program can be a substantial burden for many individuals. In addition to paying the required enrollment fee, you may also have to take time off from work to complete the program—which means your paycheck could take a significant hit. What’s more, some employers may be less than understanding of your situation, which could lead to disciplinary action or even the loss of your job.

Unfortunately, if you do lose your job, you will still be responsible for paying for your DWI classes. While many of the companies that provide these programs offer payment plans, or reduced tuition for low-income participants, many do not—and if you are unable to complete the program, you can expect to face additional penalties for violating the terms of your sentence.

If you were recently arrested for DWI, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced DWI defense attorney in your area immediately. While a reduced sentence that includes DWI classes may be a great option in many cases, in other instances, there may be even better options.

To learn how you may be able to reduce or eliminate the charges against you, finish an online case evaluation form to find an attorney who specializes in drunk driving defense today.

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