There are many reasons that a judge may order an educational course for those who have been convicted of operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The most common is to avoid repeat offenses, in an effort to curb the number of drug and/or alcohol-related traffic incidents in the state of Maine each year. Another reason deals with repeat offenders, or those who already have at least one OUI conviction in the past ten years. Education may be necessary to ensure that the offender gets the help that they obviously need to deal with a serious problem.
Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be a costly decision, in many different ways. Classes that deal with alcohol or drug decisions can help an individual avoid the monetary and psychological expense that can stem from a bad decision. Learning to cope with problems in a positive and constructive manner is often the best way to prevent a repeat offense.
Unless you find a class that is approved by DEEP (Driver Education/Evaluation Program), you will need to take a class through DEEP in order to get credit with the court system. There are a limited number of private courses available, depending on what part of the state you live in. Some may require that you pay for the course, and some could be free, depending on the individual.
There are separate options for different individuals in specific circumstances, such as classes for those in the military or coming from a different state. Minors with an OUI conviction also have to attend a separate class if ordered by the state to attend DEEP. In some cases, education may be more treatment-oriented, and this aspect of DEEP strongly resembles rehabilitation in many ways.
Rather than facing the hassle and expense of an alcohol education class, it is best to consult an experienced OUI attorney as early as possible to see what other options may be available in your case. The legal process can be very confusing, so let someone fight for your rights and your freedom.