If you find yourself accused of driving drunk, it is important to understand the many different penalties that you could face. For example, you could face the loss of your driving privileges and the possibility of time behind bars. In addition, other consequences could arise, such as the requirement to complete an alcohol education program.
It is vital to understand the various obligations that you have in the wake of drunk driving charges, including the financial penalties that you have to pay.
Different types of alcohol education programs
The Texas Department of Public Safety goes over the various types of alcohol education programs that some people must complete in the wake of drunk driving charges. For example, if convicted of DWI as someone over the age of 21, the court could order you to complete an intervention program (12 hours) or a repeat offender program (32 hours).
If the court grants probation, you could have to finish an alcohol education program and submit evidence that you completed an authorized class in no more than 180 days after your conviction date in order to avoid the revocation of your driver’s license. However, judges sometimes waive this requirement.
Underage drunk driving and alcohol classes
Drivers under 21 could also have to complete an alcohol education program due to drunk driving charges. The DPS reports that those charged with underage DWI could have to finish a 12-hour class or face a $100 license reinstatement fee and license suspension for an extra 180 days.
Make sure you carefully evaluate your options and the steps you need to take to move forward after a drunk driving case.