Risk Reduction Program for DUI in Georgia
In Georgia, risk reduction programs are also known as DUI schools. Participating in a risk reduction program is a requirement for all people convicted of a DUI in Georgia. Even people who are convicted of possession of illegal drugs, boating under the influence (BUI), or underage possession while operating a motor vehicle will have to complete a risk reduction program. If you have been arrested for DUI and have questions about DUI school, contact our Georgia DUI Lawyers immediately. We have been exclusively handling DUI cases for over 25 years and know exactly what you should do. Contact us today for more information about DUI Risk Reduction Programs in Georgia or any other questions about your Georgia DUI charge.
What is a Risk Reduction Program/DUI School in Georgia?
Risk reduction programs are an intervention mandated for people who are convicted of DUI, possession of illegal drugs, underage possession of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle, or BUI. There are two components to a risk reduction program: Assessment and Intervention Component. The course is administered in a group setting. and it requires 20 hours of classroom work that must be completed in person. Completion of a risk reduction program is required before the driver can reinstate their privilege to drive. After completion of DUI school, the driver will receive a certificate of completion.
The assessment portion of the risk reduction program consists of 130 questions that evaluate the person's alcohol and drug use and determine how their driving is affected. This is not the same as a clinical evaluation. A person convicted of DUI will be required to complete a risk reduction program as well as a clinical evaluation. The assessment portion of DUI school does not count as the clinical evaluation.
The intervention piece of DUI school is a 20 hour course designed to educate people about alcohol and drug use and how to become a safer driver. It includes educational and therapeutic group counseling sessions.
How Much is DUI School in Georgia?
As of July 1, 2014, the cost of DUI school is $355.00. This includes the Assessment Component ($100.00), the Intervention Component ($235.00), and a workbook ($20.00).
Where Can I Complete DUI School in Georgia?
Georgia Department of Driver Services and the GA Department of Human Resources have a site that shows the list of approved DUI Schools. That list can be found here.
What Happens if I Live Outside of Georgia?
Even if you live out of state, you will still have to complete a DUI/risk reduction program. The class in your home state must be at least 20 hours long and must be certified in that state. Before taking a class in another state, it is best to contact a Georgia DUI lawyer to ensure the class will be accepted. In addition, the Georgia Department of Driver Services website has a list of acceptable out-of-state programs.
Can I Complete DUI School Before Court?
Yes! Our DUI Lawyers in Georgia recommend that our clients complete DUI school before going to court. This shows the prosecutor and the judge that you are taking the DUI seriously.
Is Completing DUI School an Admission of Guilt?
No! No one from the court will even know that you have completed DUI school unless you present the evidence. Therefore, it will not negatively impact your case if you do it before court. However, it could help your attorney argue for a reduced sentence when they present evidence that you had the initiative to complete the course beforehand.
Contact Our Georgia DUI Lawyers Today
If you have been charged with DUI in Georgia and you have questions about your case or Georgia Risk Reduction/DUI School, contact our office now. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your calls. We understand that you may have questions outside of regular business hours, and we pride ourselves on being available to you. Call now for a free case evaluation.