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Alcohol education and treatment program basics

When people are convicted of driving under the influence in a Kentucky courtroom, they might possibly be ordered to attend alcohol education or assessment and treatment as part of the sentencing arrangement. The amount of time they could be ordered to attend an education or treatment program could vary, depending upon any prior convictions.

There are several different levels of alcohol education and treatment programs. For example, minors under the age of 21 and first-time offenders may be required to undergo a program that is less intense than higher level alcohol education courses. In some cases, repeat offenders may even be required to undergo therapy. The duration of these types of programs can also vary based on a variety of factors, including the person's BAC and number of prior convictions.

Those who are required to go to an alcohol education or treatment program have several options. The most widely known is Alcoholics Anonymous. Mothers Against Drunk Driving also partners with organizations to provide appropriate education and treatment programs. A person can also check with the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety for more information about what may be available in his or her area.

The penalties for driving under the influence are harsh. However, there are instances where completing an education or treatment program could wipe the conviction off the offender's criminal record. A criminal law attorney may seek such an alternative sanction as part of an overall DUI defense strategy. Many prosecutors will agree to such an arrangement absent certain circumstances such as others being injured in a collision caused by the impaired driver.

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