In certain Ventura County DUI cases, some of the judges have begun to require mandatory attendance of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings while the case is pending. This is an increasingly common occurrence in not only Ventura DUI cases, but in DUI cases throughout California. In Ventura County, these DUI cases can and do include those involving a high BAC, a prior DUI offense, accidents, and DUI probation violations.
2-4 AA Meetings Per Week
The number of AA meetings required as a condition of release typically runs from 2 to 4 per week, depending on the above and other factors. In especially aggravated Ventura DUI cases, I have seen both judges and prosecutors attempt to impose required attendance of daily AA meetings.
Used In Mitigation
Attendance of AA meetings, if voluntary, can be used as a factor in mitigating certain Ventura DUI cases. These types of cases are those involving aggravated factors, such as those referenced above. Voluntary attendance of AA meetings while the case is pending can decrease the amount of jail time imposed as part of sentencing. Continued attendance while on probation can also prove beneficial.
Personal Benefit and Free
Whether voluntary or required, attendance of AA meetings has proven personally beneficial to many of my clients. For some, it has helped them change some behaviors that needed to be addressed. Unlike with nearly every other aspect of a Ventura County DUI case, there is no fee for attending AA meetings.
Schedules Available Online
If you have a pending Ventura DUI, or if you feel that attendance of AA meetings might be beneficial to you, AA meeting schedules for your area are typically available online.