Few events have the potential to interfere with your social life more than an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. After all, not only may you lose your driving privileges, but you may also have to pay an expensive fine or maybe even spend some time behind bars.
Furthermore, regardless of whether you are a first-time DUI offender or a repeat one, you may have to clear your schedule to go to DUI school.
What is DUI school?
DUI school is an educational curriculum that teaches those with DUI arrests about drinking and driving responsibly. In Colorado, there are two types of DUI schools: Level I Education and Level II Education.
Level I Education is a 12-hour program that typically requires three sessions. Level II Education, by contrast, involves completing 24 hours of alcohol and drug programming. With Level II Education, you usually must attend 12 in-person classes with other participants.
Who must go to DUI school?
If you are under 21 at the time of your DUI-related arrest, a judge is likely to order you to complete Level I Education. Depending on the outcome of your alcohol evaluation, you may have to complete Level II Education, however.
For adults who are first-time offenders, judges typically consider the results of an alcohol evaluation when determining whether to require Level II Education. Nevertheless, judges regularly order Level II Education in the following situations:
- Two or more DUI convictions in a five-year period
- Three or more DUI convictions in a lifetime
- A conviction involving a blood alcohol concentration over 0.15%
- A refusal to submit to chemical testing to check BAC
If a judge orders you to complete Level I or Level II Education, you must comply with the judge’s order. Ultimately, failing to attend court-ordered classes may constitute a probation violation which may land you in jail.