If you lose your driver’s license hearing, or plead to, or are found guilty of a DUI, a DWAI or a “wet reckless” charge, you will most likely be required to attend alcohol education and alcohol therapy classes. While a very small percentage of people arrested for investigation of an alcohol-related driving charge do not have to take these classes, I strongly suggest you search the yellow pages under “Alcohol Treatment” or the Colorado Department of Health website for a provider near your home and start alcohol education classes immediately. This is the best thing that you can do right now to positively influence the outcome of your case. Each provider is a private business. They are competitors who follow the same coursework so their costs should be very competitive. You are only allowed to attend one 2-hour class per week. If you anticipate having to miss a class because of travel or something similar, ask the provider whether you will be penalized.
Level I Alcohol Education consists of 12 hours of DUI education over a minimum 2-day period, not more than 6 hours can be conducted in one calendar day. Typically conducted in a group or class. Level I Education is not appropriate for someone who has had more than one impaired driving offense, or one offense with a high BAC.
Level II Alcohol Education consists of 24 hours of DUI education over 12 weeks. Typically conducted in a group setting, class size is limited to not more than 12 regularly attending. Level II Education can be recommended by itself or may be followed by Level II Therapy.
Alcohol Therapy, when required, follows Level II Education and can range in length from 5 to 10 months depending on the track assigned. Track assignment depends on whether a person has prior impaired driving offenses, their BAC and other clinical indicators. These track recommendations are made by the alcohol evaluator (probation) or in the absence of an evaluation, the treatment agency.
The following are the track guidelines:
Track A, 42 hours over 21 weeks, first time offender with a BAC below .17
Track B, 52 hours over 26 weeks, first time offender with a BAC of .17 or above
Track C, 68 hours over 34 weeks, prior DWAI/DUI, with a BAC below .17
Track D, 86 hours over 43 weeks, prior DWAI/DUI, with a BAC of .17 or above
Level I and Level II Services can only be completed at programs licensed by ADAD to provide these services. Licensed programs must use an ADAD approved DUI specific curriculum in the delivery of Level I and Level II services.
Classes outside of Colorado - Programs not licensed by ADAD to provide Level I/Level II Services must be evaluated to determine if they are comparable to Colorado’s requirements. DUI licensed programs can evaluate treatment done at programs not licensed by ADAD to provide DUI services, but can only grant Level II credit for therapy, not education, and only if certain criteria are met. Only ADAD can evaluate education done at programs not licensed by ADAD to provide DUI services for determination of Level I/Level II Education credit.
Proof of attendance in DUI classes - Programs licensed by ADAD to provide DUI services are required to furnish a copy of the DRS (Discharge Referral Summary) to clients within ten working days following client discharge from education/treatment.
If you are trying to get your driver’s license reinstated and need documentation (DRS) that you completed classes you can contact the agency where you attended to obtain completion paperwork. If you are unable to get this information from the agency, ADAD may have it in their database.
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