It is up to all of us to prevent drunk driving. No matter who you are, if you have a license, you can help others by staying sober and offering to drive or by relinquishing control to another sober person if you have been drinking. According to drinkinganddriving.org, 90% of all drunk driving happens after drinking with family, friends and co-workers. Most of us have a drink or two and think that we are still safe to get behind the wheel. This is inaccurate. It doesn’t take much to get our BAC levels above .08%, so instead of chancing it with the law and the safety of others, either plan ahead to have a sober driver or get a taxi.
Taking this action can not only save a life, but spare you the harsh reality of receiving a DUI violation. The law does not tread lightly on this offense. An average DUI that doesn’t cause any damage or injure anyone is expensive. In California it looks like this:
1) Fines – expect to pay somewhere between $390 and $1,200. This is up to your judge based on the severity of the circumstances.
2) Attorneys Fees – lawyer costs will range from $500.00 - $10,000. A good, high profile DUI attorney will charge on the higher end.
3) Insurance Rates – a DUI offense will also increase the amount you pay for car insurance. Expect an increase that lands you between $3,600 and $6,600 for at least 3 years.
4) Standard Costs – there are also additional charges based on the state you are caught in. They include penalty assessments, state restitution fund, alcohol-abuse education funds, license reissue fees, towing and storage, etc. All of these additional fees generally add up to another $1,500 - $2,000.
So, you are looking at costs adding up to between $6,000 and $19,500 depending on the city and state. At this point, your life has been sent into turmoil because you’ve had to meet with attorneys, attend court dates, and possible community service work. And, with all these costs, you can’t afford to miss another day of work to attend the DUI/alcohol and drug awareness classes that the court has mandated.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel! One solution is to take your DUI class on your computer instead of missing more work to attend a pre-determined traditional classroom schedule. Online classes are easy to use and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply ask your judge for approval to fulfill your alcohol and drug education classes online. Then you simply register for the length of class the court has ordered and you are on your way. Topic and chapter divide the programs, with a final exam at the end of the course.
When you have successfully finished the course, a Certificate of Completion is sent out to you. This is the official documentation that the court needs to see that proves you took the appropriate class. Taking an online DUI class is definitely the most convenient, educational and low-stress way of handling your court mandated alcohol and drug education.