When arrested for a DUI, you will likely be required to enroll in and complete the appropriate level DUI school. This requirement will certainly be ordered as a condition of probation if convicted of a DUI or Reckless Driving when reduced from DUI. The DUI school is also required as a condition to keep a restricted "hardship" license while your license is suspended as a penalty for being convicted of DUI. In addition, one must enroll in the DUI school in order to obtain a "hardship license" if your license is suspended for refusing to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test, or if your breath test result was .08 or higher (this suspension is called an "administrative suspension" and it is separate and distinct from the drivers license suspension for your DUI conviction).
You may be required to complete the appropriate level DUI School even if: 1) your DUI was reduced to Reckless Driving, 2) if your case is not prosecuted by the State Attorney, or 3) even if the Judge dismisses your case. As previously stated above, you will be required to take the DUI School if your license was suspended for refusing to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test, or if you blew .08 or higher on your breath test. The only way a person arrested for DUI will not ultimately have to take a DUI class is if both: 1) the administrative suspension for refusing to submit to a lawful breath, blood, or urine test, or for a breath test of .08 or higher is dismissed, and also if 2) your DUI case is dismissed or reduced to some other charge that does not require a DUI school. Most DUI cases reduced to reckless driving will include a DUI school condition as a penalty.
If you are required to take DUI school, you must enroll in the county in which you live or work. There is only one approved DUI school in Brevard County. The DUI school is provided by the Florida Safety Council. There are two locations in Brevard County where the Florida Safety Council offers the DUI school: 1) Melbourne and 2) Merritt Island. The DUI classes are offered in English and Spanish. Various locations provide classes during the day, evening and weekends.
The DUI programs in Brevard County will report your completion of the DUI class to the court, your probation officer, and to the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). If you fail to successfully complete DUI School in Brevard County, the DUI School will report that failure to the court, the probation officer and the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), which may result in a suspension of your driver's license, the loss of a "hardship license," or a violation of your DUI or Reckless Driving probation.
1515 Elizabeth St. Melbourne, FL 32901
Phone Number: 321-952-5327 or 407-847-4452
250 N. Courtenay Parkway, 2nd Floor
Merritt Island, FL 32953
Phone Number; 321-631-2347 or 407-897-4429
Fax Number: 321-639-2593
When you register for the Level I or Level II DUI School for Brevard County, you must provide the following documents:
•Your driver's license or photo identification;
•Your driver's license number;
•The DUI citations and arrest affidavit;
•If a crash occurred, then a Traffic Crash Report;
•Your Breath or Blood Alcohol Level (BAL) reading
Requirements for Level 1 DUI School in Brevard County
If this is your first DUI arrest, then as a "first offender" you are eligible to take the Level I DUI classes.
Requirements for Level 2 DUI School in Brevard County
If you have previously been arrested for DUI and received any administrative suspension of your driver's license, previously took a Level I class, received a conviction for DUI, or a resolution to the case for the lesser charge of reckless driving (when treated as a "wet reckless" or alcohol related reckless driving) then you must complete the Level II program.
***Always call the DMV to ensure that you are signing up for, and taking, the appropriate DUI school before enrolling.
The Level One DUI school in Brevard County, FL, imposes the following requirements in order to successfully complete the program. All requirements must be completed within the first 90 days after you enroll in the program. 1.Psychosocial evaluation interview given by a certified DUI evaluator; 2.Twelve (12) hours of classroom instruction taught by a DUI instructor certified by the State of Florida, which includes handouts, videos, lectures, and classroom discussions. The classroom instruction focuses educating the driver about Florida laws related to DUI with an particular emphasis on consequences of repeat violations, the effects of drugs and alcohol which can impair driving, and the court and DHSMV requirements for a driver's license reinstatement.
After any DUI conviction or even in those cases in which the charges are reduced to reckless driving, the Court may require the driver to complete the victim awareness program for Brevard County. Read more about the requirements.
For certain people charged with DUI, the court may require that the driver install in ignition interlock device as part of the resolution of the case. The ignition interlock device stops the vehicle from starting until the driver provides a breath sample into the instrument. If the instrument detects a breath alcohol reading that is more than 0.05, then the vehicle will not start. These ignition interlock devices now come with a camera attached to the device to ensure that the proper person is blowing into the instrument.
SCRAM is an electronic ankle monitor often ordered by judges which continuously monitors a person for alcohol consumption through the skin. SCRAM provides the courts, probation officers, prosecutors and other criminal justice professionals a tool to deter alcohol consumption while on probation or out on bond. It can detect alcohol and receive confirmed documentation of alcohol use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because SCRAM continuously monitors offenders around the clock, it is a much more effective and reliable at detecting alcohol consumption than random testing methods or incarceration. SCRAM is currently offered in partnership with Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc. (AMS).
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