What to Expect from a Court Ordered Drug or Alcohol Course

If you are convicted of an alcohol or drug-related offense such as a DUI or OWI, the judge in your case may order to you to take a physical or online drug and alcohol course. The goal of this requirement is to make you more aware of the effects of drugs and alcohol on individuals, families, and society, and to emphasize the dangers of driving under the influence. If you are assigned such a course, here are a few things you can expect.

Legal Definitions

Court ordered drug and alcohol courses will include information about the laws in your state. These will include the legal Blood-Alcohol-Concentration (BAC) limit, and a rough approximation of how many drinks per hour that translates to based on your height, weight, and age. You will also receive information about local and state drug laws, including ordinances allowing for controlled substances, and laws about possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia.

Statistics

In a physical or online drug or alcohol course, you can expect to receive statistics relating to the number of accidents and fatalities related to the use of drugs or alcohol in your area, and information about the number of people incarcerated due to substance-abuse related offenses. You may learn about scheduling guidelines for repeat offenders. The goal here is to show you the consequences of committing the same crime as a deterrent.

First-Hand Accounts and Testimonials

It’s common for a physical or online drug and alcohol course to have the instructor or a person affected by drug or alcohol related offense give vivid testimony about their personal story. The object of this is to make an emotional and personal connection to the repercussions of drug and alcohol use.

If you are ordered to take a course on drugs and alcohol, take the opportunity to let the information sink in, and view it as a positive chance to choose a healthier and safer lifestyle.