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DUI School in Tampa

When found convicted of drunken driving in the state of Florida, there are several penalties that you may find yourself facing. For example, you may be required to pay monetary fines or may be imprisoned. You may have insurance rates skyrocket or have your license suspended.

One penalty, however, that many people are unaware about is that of attendance of a DUI school. These are overseen by the Bureau of Motorist Compliance and DUI programs; this oversight primarily focuses on instructor certification, as well as training and any complaints that need investigation. Other areas include client appeals, site visits and more.

What Is the Purpose of DUI School?

Primarily, they are done to "satisfy judicial and driver licensing requirements." This is done through education of the defendant, as well as psychosocial evaluation and treatment referral. There are 26 licensed programs; currently, in Hillsborough County, the licensed program is DUI Counterattack, Hillsborough, Inc. ( Incorporated in 1971, it is their mission to help reduce the numbers of repeat offenders. They offer two educational services required by the Florida DHSMV.

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The Two Types of Education Services

  • Level I - This is reserved for first-time offenders and those who qualify for the Reducing Impaired Driving Recidivism (RIDR) program. Per the DHSMV, this consists of 12 hours of classroom instruction; typically covering didactic and interactive techniques.
  • Level II - This is for multiple DUI offenders. Unlike Level I, it consists of 21 hours of classroom time in a group setting. Often, it will focus on the problems that plague habitual offenders, as well as getting students ready for treatment.

It is important to recognize that DUI school is not rehabilitation or treatment. In many cases, the students at DUI schools will be referred to treatment or may be required to attend, but attending DUI school will not qualify to having satisfied this element of a penalty. Rehabilitation will focus on physical examinations and helping attendees to detox and move forward in their life. DUI school is focused simply on education.

Do I Have to Go to DUI School?

If you are attempting to finish the Reducing Impaired Driving Recidivism (RIDR) program, it is essential that you attend a level I DUI class. If you fail to participate in a level I DUI class, you may forfeit your right to finish the RIDR program. If this happens, you may be convicted of a DUI, and have to attend a level I DUI class anyway. Therefore, finishing the class under RIDR status is a vital part of the program.

In many cases, DUI school is required if you are interested in applying for a hardship license. For a first time conviction, you will be required to complete DUI school before a hardship reinstatement. If you do not apply early and instead wait through the entire revocation, it is only required that you show proof that you enrolled in the class or that you completed it. If you fail to complete the class within 90 days of reinstatement, you may have your license cancelled until you complete school. For a second conviction within five years of a third conviction within ten years, you will again need to complete DUI school. The same goes for charges of DUI manslaughter and reckless driving.

Get in Touch with Thomas & Paulk, P.A.: (813) 321-7323

If you are facing a DUI charge, waste no time in getting the involvement of a lawyer. At our Tampa DUI firm, we have experienced countless cases involving clients who faced DUI charges. We know that DUI school-like all of the other potential penalties-can be extremely inconvenient.

For this reason, it is important that no time is wasted in getting the involvement of a knowledgeable Tampa defense lawyer from our firm as soon as possible. We know what is at stake and will do everything possible to provide our clients with the aggressive help that they deserve.

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At Thomas & Paulk, one of our primary focuses is on the defense of DUI charges. In fact, we are recognized throughout the Tampa area as one of the premier DUI defense law firms. Our team is well-versed in this area of the law and has a wide-expanse of experience in helping our clients fight against such charges.

It doesn’t matter if this is your first offense or your third, you can count on our firm to protect your legal rights. Often, our defense starts with recounting with you how the police officer came to stop you in the first place and how he or she came to believe you may be under the influence of alcohol. If the stop was illegal, or the tests were improperly administered, we may be able to argue for the dismissal of that evidence in court, helping your chances of a dropped charge.

If you would like to learn more about how our team can help, contact us today.

  • If you're arrested for DUI, you only have 10 days to schedule a DMV hearing where you can fight to save your license.
  • A blood alcohol reading of 0.15% or more can warrant an aggravated DUI charge with harsher penalties.
  • Each year, Hillsborough County issues around 4,000 DUI citations. Out of these, more than 3,000 are found guilty.
  • Per Florida's zero-tolerance policy, anyone under the age of 21 who tests positive for any measurable blood alcohol can be charged with DUI.