How Long Do I Have to Attend DUI School?


It has become common practice for the court to require someone convicted of driving under the influence to attend and successfully complete a DUI alcohol/drug education program. Many people are unaware that the length of the education program depends on whether the conviction is a minor under 21 with DUI charge, wet reckless charge, or misdemeanor driving under the influence charge.

The length of the program also depends on the blood alcohol content alleged in the complaint as well as whether it is a first-time offense.

If you are a minor and convicted of a first-time misdemeanor DUI charge, you will likely be required to attend AB 803. AB 803 is a 12 hour course. You will have to take a two hour course each week for six weeks.

If you have been convicted of a first-time wet reckless charge, you will likely be required to attend SB 1176. SB 1176 is also a 12 hour program in which you will have to attend a two hour course each week for six weeks.

If you have been convicted of a first-time driving under the influence charge and your blood alcohol content was 0.08% to 0.14%, you will likely be required to attend the most popular DUI education program: AB 541. AB 541 is a 30 hour course that will be attended over the course of 3 months.

If you have been convicted of a first-time driving under the influence charge and your BAC was 0.15% to 0.19%, you will likely be required to attend AB 762. AB 762 is a six month program, usually to be attended once a week for 2 hours.

If you have been convicted of a first-time driving under the influence charge and your BAC was 0.2% or greater, you will likely be required to attend AB 1353. AB 1353 is a nine month program, consisting of 60 class hours.

If you have been convicted of a second DUI, you will likely be required to SB 38. SB 38 is an 18 month program.

If you have been convicted of a second time DUI with a particularly high BAC or if you have been convicted of more than two DUIs, and you are convicted in Los Angeles County or Stanislaus County, you may be required to attend SB 1365. This is a 30 month program that is only offered in these counties.

It should be noted that the court’s decision to require a defendant to any particular program is discretionary depending on the individual circumstances of each case. For example, if your BAC was a 0.10% but you caused collision, the judge may require you to attend AB 762 (6 month program) instead of AB 541 (3 month program).

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6 Responses to How Long Do I Have to Attend DUI School?

  1. Jonathan Finch says:

    Hello, I’m Jonathan.I was found guilty of a misdormeaner dui back on aug. 1’st 2007.I was sentenced to 2 days in jail here in Californa and 6 weeks of dui school.I was unemployed and homeless at that time and was by the courts given the option of “def may self enroll”.Now I’m finacial able to finish my sentence.The place for me to go to dui school has decided to add to my original sentence and instead of going off the laws at the time of my conviction say I must go by the laws of today which is not $500.00 for six weeks of classes but is now and they can decide this? Now its $641.00 and 3 months of classes and now a law is in effect stating .2o bac now has to do 9 months at over $800.00.I blew a .19 and they say its the same as .20 …this was not in effect in Aug of 2007 how can I make them go by the laws of my conviction date And what the judge himself sentenced me to,whats next? Will I have to got to jail for 28 days also?…Please help me guys I really need my CDL back but this seems highly illegal of this dui school to add to my original sentence and fines

  2. bryant martin says:

    as a first time dui offender do i take the TOBACCO AWARENESS AND EDUCATION CLASSES ???

  3. Alise Harper says:

    I was recently charged with a DUI and heard I might need to attend a program. Thank you for all your information about attending a DUI school I thought it was interesting that depending on the age and blood alcohol contact determines the length of the program. I think this is necessary to have different levels because all the DUIs are different and need to have different consequences based on what level they were placed. Thanks for the information.

  4. Kimberly Williams says:

    I just received my second Dui. I need know how long the classes take to complete.

  5. rudy barajas says:

    i received my second dui 23 years ago i had to do an 18 month program i never completed it do to funds am i still going to have to do the 18 month even thow the dmv only is saying now the want a completion of a dui program they are not specificly saying 18months do you think since it happen 23 years ago they can lower it to 3month program

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