Ventura DUI – Drinking Driver Program (Alcohol School)
The enrollment and completion of a Drinking Driver Program (also referred to as Alcohol School) is required if you are convicted of a DUI in Ventura. It is imposed by both the Court as a condition of your probation and a requirement by the DMV as one of the conditions of getting your driver's license reinstated. Enrollment in the Drinking Driver Program is also a requirement of applying for a restricted driver's license that allows you to drive during your period of suspension.
BAC < .15 – 3 Month Program
On most first offense Ventura DUI cases, except those with higher alcohol levels, the length of the required programs is 3 months, or 90 days. Generally, the classes are once a week, with morning and evening classes available, Monday through Friday. The cost for the 3 month program varies from county to county, but in a Ventura DUI case is about $850, and payment plans are available.
BAC > .15 – 9 Month Program
On first offense DUI cases with elevated alcohol levels, typically above .15% in a Ventura DUI case, the 9 month program must be completed. Most multiple offense DUI cases require the completion of the 18 month program. The cost of both the 9 and 18 month programs are much higher than the 3 month program.
Ventura DUI Attorney Jasen Nielsen
In Ventura DUI cases involving elevated alcohol levels, the imposition of the 9 month program causes serious complications and delays with respect to getting your license fully reinstated, and increase your costs by more than $1000. I am frequently able to get my clients the 3 month program rather than the 9 month program, even in cases with a BAC as high as .18. If you have been arrested for a DUI in Ventura and have questions about the Drinking Driver Program, please click call (805)564-4DUI to set up your free initial consultation with Ventura DUI attorney Jasen Nielsen.