First-Offender Programs in San Mateo County
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 (six weeks), 30-hour program (three months), 45-hour program (six months) or 60-hour program (nine 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.
If you have questions regarding eligibility or requirements for first-offender programs in your areas, contact our lawyers online for guidance. You may also reach the Redwood City law office of Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law, by calling 866-477-0965.
How Does BAC Factor Into What Program You Are Eligible for?
Generally, if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was above .08% and below .15 percent at the time of your arrest, the court will order a defendant to participate in a three-month program. If the defendant’s BAC was between .15 – .20 percent, the court can order the defendant into a six-month program. Finally, if the defendant’s BAC. was .20 percent 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 nine-month program.
A plea deal that the district attorney might offer a DUI defendant with a BAC around a .08 percent 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 Redwood City 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.
- Twelve (12) hour program
- Six (6) weeks long
- Class once a week for two (2) hours per class
- Intake meeting that doesn’t count toward twelve (12) hours
- Classes start within two weeks of orientation
- Approximately $280
- 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
- Three appointments with individual sessions with a facilitator
Six or Nine-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 six-month program
- $1,100 for the nine-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
Proyecto Primavera DDP
160 East Virginia St.
San Jose, CA 95112
Asian Americans for Community Involvement
2400 Moorpark Ave.
San Jose, CA 95128
Community Solutions for Children and Families and Individuals
6980 Chestnut Street
Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 842-7138 Site Main
(408) 842-0757 Fax
San Francisco County
San Mateo County
Sitike Counseling Center
306 Spruce Avenue
South San Francisco, CA 94080
480 Manor Plaza
Pacifica, CA 94044
609 Price Avenue, #201
Redwood City, CA 94063
Free at Last
1796 Bay Road
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Occupational Health Services
1941 O’Farrell Street, #114
San Mateo, CA 94403
Call for More Information on the DUI First-Offender Program in California
Our attorneys at Ahmed & Sukaram Attorneys at Law have an extensive understanding of California’s DUI laws. Call us at 877-337-0697 to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer.