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​​​​​A CONVICTION FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS HAS A MANDATORY 3 to 18-MONTH EDUCATION AND COUNSELING PROGRAM REQUIRED​

 ​What is Required

  The courts, the Department of Motor Vehicles and Probation can require an individual to complete an educational and counseling program designed to address the issue of driving under the influence. Typically the participant has had their license taken away, and they may be unable to drive legally or are driving on a restricted license that limits when and for what purposed they may drive.

    The length of the required program can be 3, 6, 9 or 12 months for first offenders and 18 months for multiple offenders. A six-week course is required for those convicted of a Wet and Reckless. The length of the course is determined by the legal charges, the blood alcohol level and whether the individual has had another DUI conviction in the prior 10 years. The cost of the program is borne by the participant.

   Participants complete an intake session and are given a schedule for required classes and appointments. Attendance is strictly regulated because completion of the class is court-ordered.  To the extent possible, counselors try to work with the individual's home, school and work schedules.

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To learn more about the program requirements and the fees, and to obtain information about the other Sacramento County providers, click here​.

​ One of the class requirements is attendance at a Victim Impact Panel presented by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.​). This panel allows participants to hear from family members who have lost loved ones to a drunk or impaired driver.  The stories are painful to hear but they make the point: if you drink (or drug), don't drive!​​

The Problem Isn't Easy

     Our goal is to someday put ourselves out of business. ​​​​​ Unfortunately, Sacramento County ranks 21st out of the top 100 cities in the nation for arrests due to drunk driving. It is also 57th in deaths from DUI crashes, 33rd in the incidence of binge drinking,​​ and 6th in deaths from liver diseases.  Like many cities with high DUI rates, the Sacramento laws are perceived as being among the least harsh.  Sacramento County, however, has engaged in several pilot studies to decrease the DUI problem.

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    Just like M.A.D.D., we do not try to make participants stop drinking, but to get them to remember not to drive if they do drink.  But if you or someone close to you, think drinking or drugs have become a problem, we do have counseling services available to help address the underlying problems.

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​​​​​​​More Information on the Program 

Sacramento County has four approved providers of which Terra Nova is one.  All four providers charge the same rates, so people usually select a program based on location or sometimes based on the recommendations of others. California law does not accept online courses to satisfy the requirements for reinstatement of one's driver's license.