California DUI School / Classes

Everyone convicted of a "wet reckless" or DUI in California must enroll in DUI school within 21 days of sentencing.

DUI program providers must be licensed by the State of California. Licensed providers conduct only in-person programs. DUI classes offered via the internet DO NOT meet California's DUI Program requirements.

There are nearly 500 licensed DUI programs in California, administered by over 250 service providers. You can click here to see a comprehensive list of DUI program service providers broken down by city.

Most programs will not allow you to enroll unless you have an order from the court or a license suspension notice from the DMV.

Licensed providers offer three basic types of California DUI programs:

Wet reckless program

You cannot be arrested for a "wet reckless."  A wet reckless is a lesser offense than DUI that is sometimes accepted as a plea bargain. If you plead to a wet reckless – that is reckless driving with a measurable amount of alcohol in your blood -- you must complete a 12-hour program.

First-time DUI offender program

Most first-time DUI offenders with a BAC of under 0.20% must complete a three-month / 30-hour DUI program. This program consists of counseling and alcohol/drug education.

On occasion, the judge will determine that a longer program is warranted. In such a case, you may be ordered to complete a 6 or 9 month first-offender program.

And first offenders with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.20 or higher must complete a nine-month, 60-hour program.

18-month or 30-month multiple offender program

Repeat DUI offenders must generally complete an 18-month program.

However, in a few California counties – including Los Angeles -- a 30-month program is available. The judge may order you into this 30-month program if your second DUI involved a very high BAC, or this is your third or later DUI offense.

Multiple offender programs include community reentry monitoring along with one-on-one interviews and alcohol and drug education.

How much does it cost to attend DUI school?

Costs for the same program can vary by both provider and location. It can be worthwhile to contact several licensed providers.

In general, however, costs range from as little as around $200 for a 12-hour program, to almost $3,000 for an 18-month program.

What if I can't afford my court-ordered DUI program?

If you are unable to afford your court-ordered program, financial relief may be available. You cannot be denied participation in a DUI program based solely on your inability to pay.

You will need to provide documentation of your income so that some or all of the fees can be waived. In cases of extreme financial hardship, you will pay no more than $5 month.

How do I get to classes if my California driver's license was suspended?

First-time offenders may be eligible for a restricted driver's license. This restricted license allows you to drive to and from work and DUI classes. In order to get this restricted license, you will need to present the DMV proof of financial responsibility and your enrollment in a DUI program.

What if I miss a DUI class?

Each program allows you to miss a certain number of classes, as long as you make them up. You will be expelled from the program, however, if:

  • you miss more than the permitted number of classes,
  • you attend classes while you under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or
  • your behavior is otherwise disruptive.
What happens if I do not complete my court-ordered California DUI program?

If you do not complete a court-ordered DUI school, the DMV will revoke your restricted license. Your prior license suspension or revocation will be resinstated.

Driving with a suspended or otherwise invalid license after a wet reckless or DUI is against the law. If you were given probation for a DUI or wet reckless conviction, it is most likely also a probation violation.

Successful completion of a DUI program is usually also a requirement of any probation.

If you violate your probation, the judge can issue a bench warrant for your arrest. The violation subjects you to an additional jail or prison sentence.

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We are a firm whose attorneys include former cops and prosecutors. We have successfully defended thousands of DUI cases throughout California and Nevada.

To help you better understand California's laws relating to DUI school, our California DUI defense attorneys discuss the following, below:

1. Programs for first-time DUI and "wet reckless" offenders

1.1. The twelve-hour DUI school for a "wet reckless"
plea bargain

1.2. The twelve-hour underage drinking program

1.3. BAC below 0.20% -- the three-month first-time
DUI program

1.4. DUI probation violation /  six-month first-time DUI offender program

1.5. BAC 0.20% or greater or second wet reckless -- the nine-month DUI program

2. Programs for repeat California
DUI offenders

2.1. The 18-month second-time DUI offender program

2.2. The 30-month multiple DUI offender program

3. California DUI school costs

3.1. Summary of approximate DUI program costs and down payments

3.2. What if I can't afford my court-ordered
DUI program?

4. Restricted drivers' licenses for people attending first-time offender DUI school
5. Providing the court and DMV with proof of enrollment and proof of completion in DUI school

5.1. Proof of enrollment

5.2. Proof of completion

6. Rules regarding DUI classes

6.1. Missed classes

6.2. Sobriety and behavior during DUI classes

7. What happens if I don't complete my court-ordered DUI program?

7.1. Probation violations

7.2. Bench warrants for probation violations

8. What if I live or move out of state?

8.1. Military duty

8.2. Out-of-state residents

If, after reading this article, you have additional questions, we invite you to contact us. In addition, you may also find helpful information in our related articles on DUI Probation; DUI Penalties; Vehicle Code 23152(a) Driving Under the Influence; and Vehicle Code 23152(b) Driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or greater.

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1. Programs for first-time DUI and "wet reckless" offenders

Most first-time adult DUI defenders are required to attend a 3-month / 30-hour DUI school as a condition of their probation.

If your BAC was well over California's .08 legal limit, however, the court may order you to attend a six- or nine-month program.

You must attend DUI school regardless of whether you were convicted of, or plead guilty to:

You must also attend DUI school if you take a negotiated plea bargain to a "wet reckless" offense.

School for a first-time wet reckless conviction, however, is only 12 hours-long. You may also qualify for the 12-hour program if you are under 21 years of age.

California DUI school includes both:

  1. counseling, and
  2. education on California DUI laws, drug abuse and "problem" drinking, which may consist of:

    • lectures,
    • videos, and
    • group discussions.

While most of the counseling you receive will be in a group setting, you will engage in some one-on-one interviews as well.

You are not required to participate actively in the educational components and group counseling sessions. However, your active participation is expected during individual interviews.

Below is a brief description of each of these California DUI programs for first-time offenders.

1.1. The twelve-hour DUI school for a "wet reckless" plea bargain

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People convicted of a first-time California "wet reckless" offense must complete a twelve-hour DUI program. These are sometimes referred to as SB 1176 programs.

You cannot be arrested for a wet reckless violation. Wet reckless is a lesser offense that results from a DUI plea bargain. In essence, you admit to driving recklessly with some measurable amount of alcohol (the "wet" part) in your blood.

Accepting a "wet reckless" plea bargain in a California DUI case has some disadvantages. But one advantage is the twelve-hour program.

The twelve-hour DUI program consists of six weekly two-hour classes.

You can miss up to two of the classes. But you must make them up. Otherwise, the program administrator will dismiss you from the program for noncompliance.

The costs for a 12-hour DUI program vary by provider and county. You may want to contact several licensed providers in your area.

As of September 2013, however, the cost of the 12-hour school averaged about $270 in Ventura County.

1.2. The twelve-hour underage drinking program

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The program for minors under 21 with a California DUI is also known as an AB 803 program. It, too, involves six weekly two-hour classes. You will be ordered to complete this 12-hour DUI class if:

  • you are 18-20 years old, and


  • you are convicted of a first-time DUI.

As of September 2013, the cost of an AB 803 program averaged roughly $270 in Ventura County. Again, you may be able to obtain a better price by contacting several licensed providers.

1.3. BAC below 0.20% -- the three-month first-time DUI program

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The three-month / 30 hour program applies to adults with a first DUI conviction for driving with a BAC below 0.20%.  This is the most common first-time DUI school. The three-month program is sometimes referred to as an AB 541 class.

If you are ordered into the three-month DUI program, attendance and completion will be conditions of your probation.

The three-month California DUI alcohol / drug program consists of 30 hours of instruction.

Exact classes and programs vary depending on the provider. But in general, you can expect to attend 10-15 classes. This is usually one meeting per week, for three to four months.

The three-month California DUI program consists of:

  • an enrollment and intake session;
  • 12 hours of education sessions;
  • 18 hours of group counseling; and
  • 3 individual counseling sessions.

You may miss up to five classes, as long as you make them up. If you fail to make up your missed classes -- or you miss more than five -- your DUI school instructor will drop you from the program.

The average cost for a three-month DUI program in Ventura County is $843.

1.4. DUI probation violation /  six-month first-time DUI offender program

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The 6-month DUI program for first-time offenders with a BAC of 0.20 or greater was largely discontinued in 2005. Since then, such offenders have been required to attend the nine-month program described below.

You may be required to take a six-month (AB 762) program, however, if:

  1. you are in violation of probation for failing to complete a six-month program ordered by a court before 2005,
  2. the judge believes that you require more than a three-month program because:

    • your BAC was between 0.15 and 0.19;
    • you are young and the judge wants to make an impact, or
    • you caused an accident while you were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The six-month / 45 hour program consists of:

  • education  (six two-hour lecture and/or film classes),
  • group sessions (15 weekly sessions lasting two hours each),
  • individual interviews – (13 lasting 15 minutes each), and
  • required attendance at 24 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

The average cost of the six-month DUI program in Ventura County is about $1,400. You are permitted up to seven missed classes as long as you make them up. Otherwise, your provider will expel you from the course.

1.5. BAC 0.20% or greater or second wet reckless -- the nine-month DUI program

The judge will order you to attend a nine-month California DUI school (an AB 1353 program) if:

  • you are a first-time offender whose BAC was 0.20% or higher,  or
  • you get convicted of a wet reckless and have suffered another wet reckless or DUI conviction within the previous ten years.

The nine-month / 60-hour program consists of:

  • 6 two-hour education classes (which may be a combination of lecture and film),
  • 22 two-hour group sessions (one every other week),
  • 16 individual interviews (lasting 15 minutes each), and
  • a requirement that you attend 36 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

You are permitted a total of seven absences, which you must make up. If you exceed this number, the provider will drop you from the program.

The average cost of a nine-month DUI program in Ventura County is about $1,850.

2. Programs for repeat California DUI offenders
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If you suffer a DUI conviction within 10 years of a prior DUI or wet reckless conviction, you must take an 18- or 30-month DUI program.

Like first offender programs, these longer programs include counseling and alcohol / drug education.

The multiple offender programs also include "community reentry monitoring" to transition you back into "normal" life. It helps you move away from the rigorous California DUI school requirements and into self-help programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous. During this time, your provider may also help you with job placement if necessary.

Below is a brief description of the two California multiple offender DUI programs.

2.1. The 18-month second-time DUI offender program

The 18-month program (also known as SB 38) is required for most second-time DUI offenders.

A judge may also allow some third or subsequent DUI offenders to this school in lieu of the 30-month program described below. In order to qualify for the 18-month DUI program as a third or subsequent offender, you must have not previously completed the 18-month program.

The 18-month DUI program includes lectures, group discussions, and videos about California DUI laws and drug and alcohol abuse. There are also therapy sessions, in which instructors encourage you to identify any drug and/or alcohol problems. They may also suggest ways to change those behaviors.

Specifically, the 18-hour school consists of:

  • 52 hours of group counseling,
  • 12 hours of alcohol/drug education,
  • 6 hours of community reentry monitoring, and
  • bi-weekly individual interviews during the first year of the program.

You may miss a total of ten classes -- which you must make up -- before the provider may drop you from the course.

The cost of 18-month DUI school ranges from around $1,900-$2,600 in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

2.2. The 30-month multiple DUI offender program

Some California counties authorize a 30-month multiple offender DUI school (SB 1365 program). If you live in one of these counties, the judge must order you to attend this school if:

  1. you have a particularly high BAC on a second-time DUI offense, or
  2. you are convicted of, or plead guilty to, a third or subsequent DUI offense.

As of September 2013, the only counties offering a 30-month third and subsequent offender program are:

The 30-month DUI program requirements consist of:

  • 78 hours of group counseling,
  • 12 hours of alcohol and drug education,
  • 120-300 hours of community service; and
  • Regular individual interviews.

You may miss a total of 15 classes before the provider will report you for noncompliance. You must make them up, however, in order to receive a certificate of completion.

The cost of the 30-month program is approximately $3,000.

3. California DUI school costs
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3.1. Summary of approximate DUI program costs and down payments

DUI program costs vary by provider and location. As of September 2013, the costs of first-offender DUI programs in Ventura County are approximately as follows:

  • 12-hour program: $270,
  • 3-month program: $843,
  • 6-month program: $1,400,
  • 9-month program: $1,851,
  • 12-month program: $2,407,
  • 18-month program: $1,900-$2,600, and
  • 30-month program: $3,000.

A down payment of around $200-$300 is generally required to enroll in most programs.

3.2. What if I can't afford my court-ordered DUI program?

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Fee waivers are available for people who cannot afford their court-ordered DUI program. You may request a financial assessment directly from a DUI program provider.

Reduced fees are based on a sliding scale.  If you qualify for a fee waiver, the program may not:

  • deny you services based solely on your financial status,
  • "wait list" you or direct you to another provider because of your inability to pay the full rate,
  • require any fees as a down payment, or
  • if you qualify for general assistance benefits, charge you more than (a) $5.00 per month,  plus (b) a $5.00 rescheduling fee for missed classes and a $10 school reinstatement fee, if applicable.

You should be prepared to provide a general assistance award letter, or other documentation of your income. The program will need to verify your income before it can assess a reduced payment schedule.

4. Restricted drivers' licenses for people attending first-time offender DUI school

If you are a first-time offenders whose driver's license is suspended or revoked, you may be eligible for a restricted license to permit you to drive:

  • to and from your place of employment,
  • during the course of employment, and
  • to and from your DUI offender program.

Before it can issue you a restricted license, the DMV will generally require:

  1. proof of enrollment in a DUI program, and
  2. proof of financial responsibility.

Note that you are not eligible for this restricted license if you were driving a commercial vehicle at the time of your DUI.

5. Providing the court and DMV with proof of enrollment and proof of completion in DUI school

5.1 Proof of enrollment

During California DUI sentencing, the judge will order you to show "proof of enrollment" in your DUI school within 21 days. Once you enroll, the provider will typically send a proof of enrollment certificate to both the court and the DMV on your behalf.

5.2. Proof of completion

The judge will also order you to complete your DUI school by a specific date. Your provider will provide the court and the DMV with a certificate of completion when you successfully complete your course.

6. Rules regarding DUI classes

6.1. Missed classes

DUI school participants are allowed to miss a certain number of sessions. However, you must make up your missed sessions before you will be issued a certificate of completion.

If you exceed the permitted number of absences for your court, you will be dropped from the DUI program.

The number of classes you may miss before you will be terminated from the DUI program is as follows:

DUI Program Number of permitted absences
2-hour wet reckless 2
2-hour under-21 first offender 2
3-month first offender 5
6-month program 7
9-month first offender 5
18-month multiple offender 10
30-month multiple offender 15

6.2. Sobriety and behavior during DUI classes

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You are expected to maintain sobriety while participating in a DUI program. If you are suspected of being under the influence in class, the program may:

  • require you to undergo a breathalyzer or other chemical screening,  or
  • expel you from the class and drop you from the program.

You can also be dropped from your DUI program if:

  • you are disruptive to the class,
  • you sleep during class, or
  • the instructor believes you pose a threat to him/her or to any other students.
7. What happens if I don't complete my court-ordered DUI program?

7.1. Probation violations

If you are expelled from DUI class, it will prevent you from driving under a restricted license. Driving without a license could subject you to a DUI probation violation.

Failure to complete your court-ordered DUI program is also a probation violation.

If you violate your DUI probation, the judge will likely issue a California bench warrant for your arrest.

7.2. Bench warrants for probation violations

If you fail to attend your DUI school, the program will inform the judge. The judge will then typically issue a California bench warrant for your arrest.

After your arrest, the judge will set a DUI probation violation hearing. A probation violation subjects you to an additional jail or prison sentence.

In addition, the DMV will revoke any restricted license and reinstate your license suspension or revocation.

8.What if I live or move out of state?

8.1. Military duty

If you live in California but must leave for military duty, you may request a leave of absence from your program. Once you return to California, you will be permitted to pick up where you left off. You must still complete your court-ordered DUI school before this probation requirement is satisfied.

8.2. Out-of-state residents

If you are an out-of-state resident arrested for a California DUI... or you plan to move out of state... you still must litigate your DUI court case in the county where the incident took place. If you are ordered to attend DUI school, the judge may let you take classes in your (new) home state.

But beware:  The curriculum must be at least as comprehensive as California DUI school. It must also satisfy the California DMV. If it does not, it may trigger an extended driver's license suspension in your home state.

Note further that taking care of your conviction with the DMV will not satisfy any requirements imposed by the court. Court and DMV proceedings are two separate matters.

An experienced California DUI defense lawyer can advise you on the best course of action.

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If you or loved one is in need of help with DUI schools and you are looking to hire an attorney for representation, we invite you to contact us at Shouse Law Group. We can provide a free consultation in office or by phone. We have local offices in Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, Pasadena, Long Beach, Orange County, Ventura, San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, San Diego, Sacramento, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose and throughout California.

Additionally, our Las Vegas Nevada DUI defense attorneys represent clients accused of DUI offenses in Nevada. Visit our web page on Nevada DUI School, or contact our local attorneys at our Reno or Las Vegas office.

Legal References:

  1. The "wet" in a California wet reckless implies that you were involved in an alcohol (or even drug) related driving offense. Wet reckless is not a charge for which you can be arrested. It is only offered under Vehicle Code 23103 -- through 23103.5 VC -- as a plea bargained settlement in place of a DUI.

    See also California Vehicle Code 23103(a) – "A person who drives a vehicle upon a highway in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving."

    See also California Vehicle Code 23103.5(a) – "If the prosecution agrees to a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to a charge of a violation of Section 23103 in satisfaction of, or as a substitute for, an original charge of a violation of Section 23152, the prosecution shall state for the record a factual basis for the satisfaction or substitution, including whether or not there had been consumption of an alcoholic beverage or ingestion or administration of a drug, or both, by the defendant in connection with the offense. The statement shall set forth the facts that show whether or not there was a consumption of an alcoholic beverage or the ingestion or administration of a drug by the defendant in connection with the offense."
  2. California Health and Safety Code 11836.10 .
  3. See State of California, Alcohol and Drug Programs – Find a Program.
  4. California Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, California DUI Program Providers Survey, 2011.
  5. California Vehicle Code 23103.5(a), endnote 1.
  6. California Vehicle Code 23535(b)(1) – "The court shall refer a first offender whose blood-alcohol concentration was less than 0.20 percent, by weight, to participate for at least three months or longer, as ordered by the court, in a licensed program that consists of at least 30 hours of program activities, including those education, group counseling, and individual interview sessions described in Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 11836) of Part 2 of Division 10.5 of the Health and Safety Code."
  7. Same.
  8. California Vehicle Code 23538(b)(2) – "The court shall refer a first offender whose blood-alcohol concentration was 0.20 percent or more, by weight, or who refused to take a chemical test, to participate for at least nine months or longer, as ordered by the court, in a licensed program that consists of at least 60 hours of program activities, including those education, group counseling, and individual interview sessions described in Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 11836) of Part 2 of Division 10.5 of the Health and Safety Code."
  9. 9 California Code of Regulations ("CCR") 9874(b) – "If a participant is sleeping, disruptive, belligerent, or otherwise appears unable to pay attention and participate in program services or activities, or a participant smells of alcohol or any alcoholic beverage, the  licensee shall determine whether the participant is under the influence of alcohol or drugs as specified in (c) and (d) of this regulation.
  10. See California Vehicle Code 14601 and 14601.2(a).
  11. See California Penal Code 166 PC.
  12. California Health and Safety Code 11837(c)(1) – "The court shall, as a condition of probation pursuant to Section 23538 or 23556 of the Vehicle Code, refer a first offender whose concentration of alcohol in his or her blood was less than 0.20 percent, by weight, to participate for at least three months or longer, as ordered by the court, in a licensed program that consists of at least 30 hours of program activities, including those education, group counseling, and individual interview sessions described in this chapter."
  13. California Health and Safety Code 11837 (c)(2) – "Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in granting probation to a first offender described in this subdivision whose concentration of alcohol in the person's blood was 0.20 percent or more, by weight, or the person refused to take a chemical test, the court shall order the person to participate, for at least nine months or longer, as ordered by the court, in a licensed program that consists of at least 60 hours of program activities, including those education, group counseling, and individual interview sessions described in this chapter."
  14. See endnote 1.
  15. California Vehicle Code 23103.5 VC.
  16. 9 CCR 9876(d)(1).
  17. 9 CCR 9876 (c) – "The program shall require each participant to make up all absences before issuing the participant a Notice of Completion (Department of  Motor Vehicles Form DL 101)."
  18. See Ventura County Behavioral Health Alcohol & Drug Programs, DUI First Offender Program.
  19. California Vehicle Code 23502 VC.
  20. California Vehicle Code 23538(b)(1) – "The court shall refer a first offender whose blood-alcohol concentration was less than 0.20 percent, by weight, to participate for at least three months or longer, as ordered by the court, in a licensed program that consists of at least 30 hours of program activities, including those education, group counseling, and individual interview sessions described in Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 11836) of Part 2 of Division 10.5 of the Health and Safety Code."
  21. California Health and Safety Code 11837(c)(1).
  22. See DUI First Offender Program, endnote 18.
  23. 9 CCR 9876(d)(2).
  24. 9 CCR 9876(c).
  25. See DUI First Offender Program, endnote 18.
  26. See AB 1353 Legislative Counsel's Digest, September 2, 2005.
  27. See California Vehicle Code 23538(b)(1), endnote 20.
  28. See DUI First Offender Program, endnote 18.
  29. 9 CCR 9876(d)(3) – "A first offender, who has been ordered by the court to participate in a multiple offender program for six months or longer, shall not be allowed more than seven absences per period of enrollment."

    See also 9 CCR 9876(c).
  30. California Vehicle Code 23538(b)(2) – "The court shall refer a first offender whose blood-alcohol concentration was 0.20 percent or more, by weight, or who refused to take a chemical test, to participate for at least nine months or longer, as ordered by the court, in a licensed program that consists of at least 60 hours of program activities, including those education, group counseling, and individual interview sessions described in Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 11836) of Part 2 of Division 10.5 of the Health and Safety Code."
  31. California Vehicle Code 23103.5 (f)(1) – "If the court places on probation a defendant convicted of a violation of Section 23103 that is required under this section to be a prior offense for purposes of Section 23540, 23546, 23550, 23560, 23566, or 23622, and that offense occurred within 10 years of a separate conviction of a violation of Section 23103, as specified in this section, or within 10 years of a conviction of a violation of Section 23152 or 23153, the court shall order the defendant to participate for nine months or longer, as ordered by the court, in a program licensed under Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 11836) of Part 2 of Division 10.5 of the Health and Safety Code that consists of at least 60 hours of program activities, including education, group counseling, and individual interview sessions."
  32. Same.

    See also, e.g., National Traffic Safety Institute, 9 Month First Time DUI Program AB 1353.
  33. 9 CCR 9876(d)(3) – "A first offender, who has been ordered by the court to participate in a multiple offender program for six months or longer, shall not be allowed more than seven absences per period of enrollment."

    See also 9 CCR 9876(c).
  34. California Vehicle Code 23542(b) – "In addition to the conditions specified in subdivision (a), the court shall require the person to do either of the following:

    (1) Enroll and participate, for at least 18 months subsequent to the date of the underlying violation and in a manner satisfactory to the court, in a driving-under-the-influence program licensed pursuant to Section 11836 of the Health and Safety Code, as designated by the court. The person shall complete the entire program subsequent to, and shall not be given any credit for any program activities completed prior to, the date of the current violation. The program shall provide for persons who cannot afford the program fee pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 11837.4 of the Health and Safety Code in order to enable those persons to participate.

    (2) Enroll and participate, for at least 30 months subsequent to the date of the underlying violation and in a manner satisfactory to the court, in a driving-under-the-influence program licensed pursuant to Section 11836 of the Health and Safety Code. The person shall complete the entire program subsequent to, and shall not be given any credit for any program activities completed prior to, the date of the current violation."
  35. California Vehicle Code 23552(c)—"In addition to the provisions of Section 23600 [VC] and subdivision (a), if the court grants probation to any person punished under Section 23550 who has not previously completed a treatment program pursuant to paragraph (4) of subdivision (b) of Section 23542 [VC] or paragraph (4) of subdivision (b) of Section 23562, and unless the person is ordered to participate in, and complete, a program under subdivision (b), the court shall impose as a condition of probation that the person, subsequent to the date of the current violation, enroll in and participate, for at least 18 months and in a manner satisfactory to the court, in a driving-under-the-influence [California DUI school] program licensed pursuant to Section 11836 of the Health and Safety Code, as designated by the court."
  36. See California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, Fact Sheet -- An Overview of California's Driving-Under-the-Influence Program.
  37. 9 CCR 9876(d)(4) – "A participant of an 18-month multiple offender program shall not  be allowed more than ten total absences per period of enrollment."

    See also 9 CCR 9876(c).
  38. See DUI First Offender Program, endnote 18.
  39. California Vehicle Code 23568( b) – "In addition to Section 23600 and subdivision (a), if the court grants probation to a person punished under Section 23566 [third DUI conviction in 10 years], the court shall impose as a condition of probation that the person enroll in and complete, subsequent to the date of the underlying violation and in a manner satisfactory to the court, an 18-month driving-under-the-influence program licensed pursuant to Section 11836 of the Health and Safety Code or, if available in the county of the person's residence or employment, a 30-month driving-under-the-influence program licensed pursuant to Section 11836 of the Health and Safety Code, as designated by the court..."
  40. 9 CCR 9876(d)(5) – "A participant of a 30-month multiple offender program shall not be allowed more than fifteen total absences per period of enrollment."
  41. 9 CCR 9876(c).
  42. 9 CCR 9879(b)(1).
  43. 9 CCR 9878(f)(1).
  44. 9 CCR 9879 (b)(2).
  45. Same.
  46. See 9 CCR 9879(f).
  47. 9 CCR 9879(c).
  48. California Vehicle Code 13352.4 VC.
  49. Same.
  50. California Vehicle Code 13352.4(g).
  51. California Health and Safety Code 11837.3 (d)(1) – "Any person required to successfully complete an alcohol and other drug education and counseling program [a California DUI school] as a condition of probation shall enroll in the program and, except when enrollment is required in a program that is required to report failures to enroll to the court, shall furnish proof of the enrollment to the court within the period of time and in the manner specified by the court."
  52. Same.
  53. 9 CCR 9876(c).
  54. 9 CCR 9876(d)(1).
  55. Same.
  56. 9 CCR 9876(d)(2).
  57. 9 CCR 9876(d)(3).
  58. 9 CCR 9876(d)(2).
  59. 9 CCR 9876(d)(4).
  60. 9 CCR 9876(d)(5).
  61. 9 CCR 9874(a) – "The licensee shall require program participants to maintain program sobriety. As used in this chapter, ‘program sobriety' means that participants shall not attend program services or activities or be on the program premises while under the influence of any amount of alcohol or drugs as defined in this regulation, or be convicted of a subsequent DUI offense while enrolled in a DUI program."
  62. 9 CCR 9874 (c)(1).
  63. 9 CCR 9874(c)(2).
  64. 9 CCR 9874(b).
  65. California Vehicle Code 13352.4(f) – "The department shall terminate the restriction issued under this section and shall suspend the privilege to operate a motor vehicle pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 13352 or Section 13352.1 immediately upon receipt of notification from the driving-under-the-influence program that the person has failed to comply with the program requirements. The privilege shall remain suspended until the final day of the original suspension imposed under paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 13352 or Section 13352.1, or until the date all reinstatement requirements described in Section 13352 or Section 13352.1 have been met, whichever date is later."
  66. California Vehicle Code 14601.2(a).
  67. California Health and Safety Code 11837.3 (d)(2) – "An alcohol and other drug education and counseling program shall report to the court, within the period of time and in the manner specified by the court, the name of any person who fails to successfully complete the [DUI school] program."

    See also California Health and Safety Code 11837.4(b) (6) – "Each program shall establish a method by which the court, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the person are notified in a timely manner of the person's failure to comply with the program's rules and regulations."
  68. California Penal Code 166 PC.
  69. See California Vehicle Code 14601.2.
  70. California, like most states, is party to the interstate Drivers License Compact (DLC). Under this set of laws, participating states agree to treat convictions for DUI. See California Vehicle Code 15023(a)(2).

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