DUI Classes in 5 Easy Steps

In many states, you must complete a DUI or DWI education class following a drunk driving conviction. Sometimes this is mandated by the court, and sometimes your driver's license department requires it as a condition for reinstating your driving privileges. Even if you're not forced to take any DUI classes, it's still a smart idea to do so. If nothing else, completing such a course reinforces good driving behavior.

So, how do you go about this task? Here are five easy steps to follow:

  1. Get a list of approved class providers from the court or your driver's license department. Learn what specific course you need to take; often there are different class requirements for first-time offenders and those with multiple DUI convictions.
  2. Review your options. Some states allow you to complete the class online. If so, take the time to see which approved school provides the best price and features for you. If you prefer a classroom setting - or aren't permitted to take an online class - check your phone book for local schools. Consider matters such as price, convenience (in terms of class schedules), and location. Since you may not be able to drive to the class, look for a school that's near your home or job.
  3. Sign up for the class. Before you do, though, confirm it's from an approved provider and it's the correct class. If you're taking a classroom course and feel a little embarrassed about having to take a DUI education program, look for classes with off-peak hours as fewer people will be in attendance.
  4. Complete the course. Be an active participant and absorb the information. After all, you're paying for the class... you might as well get something out of it.
  5. Obtain the completion certificate. Some courts or driver's license departments request the certificate be sent directly from the school. Find out what's required of you, and then follow the rules. Failing to do so will just delay the approval process for you.
If you're confused about this or other matters regarding your situation, ask questions. A DUI lawyer can guide you through whatever conditions you must follow, and clearly explain the applicable DUI laws and penalties.

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