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28Nov

The Consequences of Not Completing DUI School

It’s not easy being at the receiving end of a DUI conviction. Given the increasingly intensified campaign against drunk driving by state governments, becoming a DUI offender now has its fair share of rather harsh penalties.

Jail time, hefty fines, driver’s license suspensions, and community service are among the consequences that await those convicted of driving under the influence. Courts also throw in mandatory completion of DUI classes, often as part of a suspended sentencing arrangement or a condition of probation.

Designed to make drunk drivers take responsibility for their actions and help reduce recidivism, DUI classes focus on educating DUI offenders about the dangers of alcohol as well as providing advice on how to avoid drinking and driving in the future.

If you have been convicted of driving under the influence and ordered to attend DUI classes, it would be in your best interest to complete them, whether it’s a 12-hour program or one that lasts 30 months. Failure to do so is not an option, as it would lead to serious consequences.

If you’ve been sentenced to probation and attending DUI classes is one of its conditions, failing to attend or complete your mandatory DUI classes at a date specified by the court will count as a violation. The same goes for getting kicked out of the program for missing more classes than is allowed for their program, showing up for class drunk, or raising hell inside the classroom and disrespecting instructors and classmates alike.

A probation violation is always bad news for the offender, regardless of the criminal offense involved. Probation violators often become the subject of an arrest warrant to haul them back to court.

If you were driving on a restricted license, you could expect its revocation and the imposition of the original license suspension penalty, which means you won’t be able to drive for a long time.

The presiding judge could also impose the maximum sentence for DUI sentencing on DUI probation violators, and that includes serving time in jail, which could ruin your life in so many ways.

If the court orders you to attend DUI school, sign up for one right away, attend the mandatory number of classes, and complete all requirements. If you haven’t made up your mind yet whether to attend in-person DUI classes or DUI classes online, here’s an infographic to help you reach a decision.

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