Three Things You Need To Know About DUI School

DUI School and Your Florida DUI Case

DUI School is one of the most unavoidable things about a DUI charge.  If you win your license suspension case in the DHSMV, the court may still order it.  And even if you win your court case, the DHSMV will order it before you can get your license back.

Thing Number 1.

In order to register for the DUI SCHOOL you need the following information:

-Photo Identification:

  • Federal or state government-issued photo ID.
  • U.S. passport,
  • Military ID with photo,
  • Driver's license or state identification card.

-Complete Police Report-

  • Citation
  • Ticket-Blood Alcohol Content (B.A.C.) test results or refusal affidavit

-Court orders ( if applicable)

-Drivers license number. If you have a driver license from another state or if you are newly licensed in Florida, after being licensed in another state, then you may need to contact the driver license authority from other states where you held a driver license to retrieve your driving record.

If we are representing you, we will make sure that you have the items which you will need to register.

Thing Number 2.

The DUI schools are mostly run and taught by police and probation officers.  As such, they are well-meaning, but have a very limited perspective on the entire legal system.  Take their factual assertions with a grain of salt.  They are teaching from a statewide curriculum which is riddled with bad science and technical errors. 

The process of enrolling in DUI school can take as much as one hour, since it involves an evaluation of your alcohol use, so be sure to allot enough time.

The cost of DUI school is approximately $275 for a first offense, and $420 for a second or subsequent offense (Advanced DUI School).

The course is 12 hours for the basic DUI School and 21 hours for Advanced.

Thing Number 3.

The programs are run on different schedules by different providers, so you can check in the following places for scheduling:

Sarasota and Manatee Counties-

State College of Florida Traffic Safety Institute

SCF Bradenton Campus Bldg. 18 - PDC 5840

26th Street West Bradenton , FL 34207 941-752-5286

Hours: Monday: 12pm-6:30pm , Tuesday - Friday: 8am-3:30pm

Sarasota Office Next to Hollywood 20,

1991 Main Street, Suite 123

Sarasota FL 34236 941-362-4224

Hours: Mon & Tue: 8:30am-3:00pm , Wed: 12pm-6:30pm , Thur & Fri: 8:30am-3:00pm

SCF Venice Campus Bldg. 800 - Room 820

8000 South Tamiami Trail,

Venice , FL 34293 941-408-1520

(Closed for Lunch 12pm-1pm Tuesdays) Hours: CLOSED Monday. Tuesday: 8:30am-10:30am & 1pm-3pm. CLOSED Wednesday. Thursday 1pm-6pm. CLOSED Friday

Monroe County-Pride of Monroe County

1400 United St., #202

P.O. Box 4605

Key West, Florida 33041-4605

phone: 305-294-9710

fax: 305-294-9762

Pinellas County-Suncoast Safety Council

Via Phone/Fax

Phone - 727.373.SAFE (7233)
Fax - 727.442.2321

Via E-Mail

DUI - dui@safety.org
Driver Safety - drivesafely@safety.org
General Questions - support@safety.org
Marketing, PR, Outreach - marketing@safety.org
Worker Safety - safety@safety.org

Locations & Office Hours

Clearwater Office
1145 Court Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

Monday - Wednesday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday - Sunday: Office Closed - Classes as scheduled
*Please note: The last DUI registration is accepted at 4:00pm.

St. Petersburg Office
455 31st Street N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: Office Closed - Classes as scheduled
*Please note: The last DUI registration is accepted at 3:00pm.

Board Certification in DUI Defense

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Tom Hudson passed the National Board Certification Examination (written and oral) in Honolulu in 2008, and was recertified in 2013. He was one of the first 50 lawyers granted national board certification in DUI Defense, and is nationally recognized as an authority in DUI law.

Why We're Different

Board Certification as a DUI Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense. Formal NHTSA Certification as an Instructor of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests given by police in DUI cases. Formal training as a NHTSA Drug Recognition Evaluator. ("Drug Evaluation & Classification") Formal training to operate the Intoxilyzer 8000, Florida's official breath test instrument. Extensive experience in teaching other attorneys how to handle DUI cases. Hundreds of jury trials both as defense lawyer and as prosecutor. Florida's State Delegate to the National College for DUI Defense.