Anyone who gets convicted of driving under the influence in Nevada for the first time will be ordered to complete a DUI School course. On this page our Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers discuss everything you need to know about how this works.
What is DUI School?
Nevada judges order all first-time DUI offenders to complete DUI School, which is an alcohol and drug education course. Whereas fines, community service and other terms of a standard DUI sentence are meant to punish past actions, the purpose of DUI school is to educate students to make healthier, safer choices about drinking and driving in the future.
In Nevada, you may attend the course either online, by mail correspondence, or in an actual classroom. Once you plead to or are convicted of a DUI in Las Vegas, the court clerk should give you information about where and how you can complete the program.
(Second-time DUI offenders in Las Vegas are usually not sentenced to do DUI School. They are instead ordered to complete a longer, more intense "DUI Court" alcohol & drug program.)
How long is DUI School in Nevada?
Nevada judges typically order an eight-hour DUI School program. Occasionally the judge will order a sixteen- or twenty-four-hour course, but that is usually only if the person's BAC was very high or if there are other extenuating circumstances.
Las Vegas DUI School programs which are taught in a classroom are completed in one day. They usually last from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on a Saturday.
If you do the program online or by correspondence, the material is meant to span eight hours of learning as well. But you typically have up to one month to finish the course, so you can complete it at your own pace.
How much does DUI School in Las Vegas cost?
Costs for the course vary by school. But the price range is typically $100 to $300.
What is DUI School like?
The in-class program is a combination of lectures, class discussions, in-class exercises, video presentations, and a final exam. Online courses are a series of lessons followed by review questions and a final exam at the end.
If you do not pass your final exam, which is in multiple-choice format, you can usually take it one more time without having to pay extra.
Where can I find Clark County DUI Schools?
Click on our list of Clark County DUI Schools for more information about the locations and program information of programs in and around Las Vegas.
We are here to help . . . .
If you have been arrested for DUI, call our Las Vegas drunk driving defense lawyers at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673). Our job is to try to get your case dismissed or reduced to lesser charges so your record stays clean and you can get back to your normal life.
For information about California DUI School, go to our webpage on California DUI School.