DUI Alcohol Education Programs
If you are charged with a DUI or alcohol related offense it is important to take a number of steps prior to going to court to face the judge. The first and most important thing that you can do is consult with and retain experienced DUI counsel. Obviously this is important for counsel to read through your statement of facts and the facts of the case to determine the best possible defenses and how to proceed in any given situation. There is much that counsel must do in terms of reviewing all documentation related to the situation, understanding the nature of the state’s case, determining if you need an expert working for you, and exploring any witnesses that may be associated with the offense.
In a DUI offense there is not a great deal for the defendant to do himself; However there certainly are some requirements for the defendant prior to going to court. At Robinson and Associates we have all our clients evaluated by a state certified alcohol education program prior to going to court as well as undergoing some form of education program. This element is crucial to the proper defense of a DUI case because judges expect and require this type of treatment in DUI offenses. Some clients inquire whether going to an alcohol education program prior to court is in some fashion admitting their guilt to the offense and this is not the case at all. In fact we do not tell the judge or the prosecution about the fact that a defendant has been evaluated or undergone an alcohol education program until that information becomes relevant and helpful to the court and or to the defendant. It is one of those things that is terribly helpful in court when it becomes relevant but not before it becomes relevant. In the absence of such evaluation or treatment this can be detrimental to an alcohol case.
There are a number of state certified programs throughout the state of Maryland that have strong reputations for first time offenders as well as multiple offenders. We have specific programs that have done well in most every jurisdiction throughout the state. Certain programs are even more effective in multiple offense situations because they have inpatient programs which can help a defendant come to terms with an alcohol addiction. One example of a long-term facility is right turn of Maryland, they have an inpatient facility for as short as one weekend typically for a second offender or they have longer programs as long as 28 days or more typically for third or fourth time offenders. First-time offenders typically do not need inpatient facilities and can go to a social drinker program which is readily available in each county throughout the state. Social drinker programs tend to run about 12 hours in length which equates to roughly one hour a week for 12 hours. Some jurisdictions have an outpatient weekend program where the entire program can be completed outpatient over the weekend.
The bottom line is that it is important to be aware of the importance of a social drinker program as a relates to a DUI offense and to let counsel give you a good referral and recommendation for an appropriate program based on one your particular set of facts.