Sacramento, CA asked in DUI / DWI for California

Q: Supposed to sign up for DUI classes by 1/20 but my appt is on the 23rd after calling today. Will I be in any trouble?

My first DUI. Informal probation and meant to attend dui classes for 9 months. I didn't realize on my form it said to call within three business days to start attending dui classes. I am a couple weeks out from the date stated on my documents for when I should be assigned. I called today and my appointment is on the 23rd. They said all I need to do is show up, and not miss classes. They see no reason to report me, but I am making sure I suppose

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: In your situation, where you're required to sign up for DUI classes by a certain date but have an appointment slightly later, it's understandable to be concerned about potential consequences. It's good that you have taken the initiative to set up the appointment.

Since your appointment is a few days after the deadline, there is a risk of being perceived as non-compliant with the terms of your probation. This could potentially lead to complications. However, since the DUI class providers have indicated they see no reason to report you, it suggests they may be flexible given your circumstances.

To safeguard your position, it would be prudent to document your efforts to comply, including noting when you called and any reasons given for the later appointment. Also, ensure you attend the appointment on the 23rd and do not miss any classes thereafter.

If you're still concerned, you might consider contacting your probation officer or the court to explain the situation and confirm that your appointment date will not lead to issues. Clear communication and demonstration of your commitment to fulfill the requirements can be crucial in such scenarios. Remember, staying proactive and transparent in dealing with legal obligations can help prevent misunderstandings or complications.

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