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Bay Area First Offender Program Details

If you are ordered by the court to attend a first offender program in San Mateo County, Alameda County, Santa Clara County, San Francisco County or Marin County, you can expect to receive a referral to either a 12 hour program (6 weeks), 30 hour program (3 months), 45 hour program (6 months) or 60 hour program (9 months).   The type of first offender program that you are sent to depends upon factors such as your blood alcohol concentration at the time of your arrest, as well as, whether you refused to submit a blood, breath or urine test pursuant to the implied consent law. 

Generally, if your blood alcohol concentration (B.A.C.) was above .08% and below.15% at the time of your arrest, the court will order a defendant to participate in a 3 month program.   If the defendant’s B.A.C. was between .15% - .20%, the court can order the defendant into a 6 month program.  Finally, if the defendant’s B.A.C. was .20% or higher at the time of the driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) arrest, or if the defendant refused to submit to a blood, breath or urine test, the court will order the defendant into the 9 month program.

A plea deal that the District Attorney might offer a DUI defendant with a B.A.C. around a .08% at the time of the DUI arrest is a “wet-reckless” offer.  In response to this wet-reckless offer, the court would impose a 12 hour first offender program requirement.  However, the defendant may not wish to choose to enroll in the 12 hour first offender program if he or she wishes to obtain a restricted license that permits him or her to drive to and from work and during the scope of employment.  It is important to consult an experienced Bay Area DUI lawyer who can guide you through the maze of laws governing license suspensions for DUI otherwise you may not obtain the license outcome that you desire. 

Wet Reckless

  • Twelve (12) hour program
  • Six (6) weeks long
  • Class once a week for two (2) hours per class
  • Intake meeting that doesn’t count towards twelve (12) hours
  • Classes start within two weeks of orientation
  • Approximately $280

3 Month Program

  • Thirty (30) hour program
  • Twelve (12) consecutive weeks
  • During the first six weeks the classes are approximately 3 ½ hours
  • During the next six weeks classes are approximately 1 ½ hours
  • 3 appointments with individual sessions with a facilitator

6 or 9 Month Program

  • 45 hours or 60 hours
  • Two hour orientation that do not count toward the 45 or 60 hours
  • The first six weeks the classes are approximately 3 ½ hours long
  • The remaining weeks classes are approximately 1 ½ hours
  • Five (5) individual sessions with your facilitator
  • $900 for the 6 month program
  • $1,100 for the 9 month program

First Offender Program Locations

Santa Clara County

Alert Driving, Inc.
1900 Camden Avenue, Suite 205
San Jose, CA 95124
(408) 879-7581 Administration
(408) 879-7587 Fax
Occupational Health Services, Inc.
465 Fairchild Dr.
Building B
Suite 210
Mountain View, CA 94043

Proyecto Primavera DDP
160 East Virginia St.
Suite 266
San Jose, CA 95112

Community Solutions
6980 Chestnut St.
Gilroy, CA 95020
Asian Americans for Community Involvement
2400 Moorpark Ave.
Suite 300
San Jose, CA 95128
National Traffic Safety Institute
275 North 4th St.
2nd Floor
San Jose, CA 95112
Community Solutions for Children and Families and Individuals
6980 Chestnut Street
Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 842-7138 Site Main
(408) 842-0757 Fax

Alameda County

Bi-Bett Education Program
22429 Hesperian Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94541
Second Chance, Inc.
6330 Thornton Ave.
Suite B
Newark, CA 94560
Valley Community Health Center
11840 Dublin Blvd.
Dublin, CA 94568
Occupational Health Services, Inc.
344 Pendleton Way
Oakland, CA 94621
Occupational Health Services, Inc.
2847 B Whipple Rd
Union City, CA 94587
Occupational Health Services, Inc.
11875 Dublin Blvd.
Suite D176
Dublin, CA 94568

San Francisco County

Counseling Services for Drinking Drivers
43 Fell St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Driver Performance Institutes, Inc.
330 Townsend St.
Suite 230
San Francisco, CA 94107
Dry Zone M.O. DUI Program
820 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Institute Of Advanced Driver Education
2111 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
NCA And Other Drug Addictions Bay Area
944 Market St.
3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102

San Mateo County

Sitike Counseling Center
306 Spruce Avenue
South San Francisco, CA 94080
(650) 589-9305
Pyramid Alternatives
480 Manor Plaza
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8787
609 Price Avenue, #201
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 366-8433
Free at Last
1796 Bay Road
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 462-6999
Occupational Health Services
1941 O’Farrel Street, #114
San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 572-0300
Occupational Health Services
533 Middlefield Rd.
Redwood City, CA 94063

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