OWI Classes: What You Need to Know
If you have ever been convicted of drunk driving or operating a vehicle while impaired, you could be required to take OWI (operating while impaired) classes as part of your punishment. If this is your first conviction, the judge may only require you to take classes in lieu of jail time. The goal is to avoid repeating the same behavior in the future, so these classes can be very beneficial. If you are given this opportunity, it is important to get the most out of it. Here are some things you need to know about OWI classes:
How Long Do You Take OWI Classes?
Your class sessions will depend on several factors. Each situation will vary based on the extent of your charge and the extent of the crime. If you have been charged before or if your blood alcohol content was above a certain level, your classes will likely be for an extended period as opposed to a lesser charge.
You may be asked to take an assessment to determine how severe your alcohol or drug problem is. This can also determine how long you have to take the classes.
What Happens During Your OWI Classes?
The point of OWI classes is to teach you about the dangers of operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol. You are going to learn how to deal with your substance abuse and get the issue under control.
You will learn about making better decisions, not only while operating a vehicle but making better decisions in other areas of your life. Your classes will include learning how to drink more responsibly or how to give up substances altogether. The classes will teach you how to learn what your triggers are that may cause you to use drugs or alcohol so you can get them under control. You may also learn more about your friends and acquaintances and if they are part of your substance abuse problem. In addition, the classes will include education on how DUI offenses work and what you could possibly face if you are charged again.
You may be required to take OWI classes as part of your penalty for operating a vehicle while you are intoxicated. However, you can always enroll in these classes voluntarily to help better yourself.
How Are OWI Classes Presented?
The presentation of your OWI classes will depend on the program available in your area. You can take the classes in person in most areas. You may also be allowed to take the classes online if that option is available to you and the judge allows it.