DUI classes may be required by the Court, the DMV, or both. Each entity works independent of the other and uses their own criteria to determine if someone needs to complete a DUI program. If they decide a person needs to participate in a program, they will use the guidelines set forth by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health to determine which program is appropriate.
Level I Program
Someone who has a BAC (blood alcohol content) ranging from .05 to .08 may be required to complete 6 DUI education classes. Level I requirements are not common, however, may be mandated by the court and/or the DMV.
Level II Program
There are two components to the Level II Program: Education and Track Therapy. The Education element must be completed first and will always consist of 12 classes. These classes cover topics concerning how alcohol affects the body and how alcohol and other drugs negatively impact decision making. Classes are 2 hours long and held once a week. Once Education classes are complete, the next step is Track Therapy. Track Therapy classes address trigger situations, impulse control, preventative planning, and coping skills. These groups are 2 hours long and are held once a week.
There are four different Tracks in Track Therapy: A, B, C, and D. The determination of which Track will need to be completed is based on two criteria: How many prior DUI’s a person has and their BAC level.
- Track A and B are required for those who have NO prior DUI’s.
- Track A is required for BAC’s of .149 or lower. This course is a total of 21 groups.
- Track B is required for BAC’s of .150 or higher. A person may also be required to complete Track B if they refused roadside or blood testing. This course is a total of 26 groups.
- Track C and D are assigned to those who have at least one prior DUI.
- Track C is required for BAC’s of .149 or lower. This course is a total of 34 groups.
- Track D is required for BAC’s of .150 or higher. A person may also be required to complete Track D if they refused roadside or blood testing and have a prior DUI. This course is a total of 43 groups.
Level II 4+ (Track F) Program
This program addresses those who have four or more DUI’s, or, has three DUI’s but the court feels there is a persistent drunk driving element that needs additional support. There are no education classes, and the group therapy is focused on areas of concern that become known through assessment tools or therapy. The Level II 4+ program requires 180 hours to be completed in a minimum of 18 months.
Drug and Alcohol Evaluations, Substance Use Evaluations
Drug and Alcohol Evaluations, also known as Substance Use Evaluations, are used to determine if potential substance abuse issues are present. Recommendations for the appropriate level of care are offered for consideration. Multiple assessment tools are used to gauge possible risks.
- DUI: If you received a DUI in Colorado and have been sentenced by the Court to complete a DUI program, you may be assigned a probation officer. If you have been told you need to have a Drug and Alcohol Evaluation done, contact your probation officer to schedule the evaluation. If you are not assigned a probation officer, and you need to have an evaluation done, we can help you out with that.
- Court Ordered: You may be required by the Colorado Judicial System to complete an evaluation as part of a case that is not DUI related. Our counselors are exceptionally qualified to complete these evaluations. The assessment tools used by our staff are recognized by the courts as valid evidence-based techniques to determine any potential risks for substance abuse.
- Employer: If a company is concerned that an employee or contracted personnel has been under the influence while on a work site, they may request a Drug and Alcohol Substance Use Evaluation be completed. The assessments used by our staff are evidence based to determine any potential risks for substance abuse.
Out of State DUI
If a resident of Colorado receives a DUI in another state, that state may require them to complete DUI classes in Colorado. They may also require them to complete a Drug and Alcohol Substance Use Evaluation. Our staff is very experienced in working directly with other states making sure our client will satisfy that state’s requirements.