The officer asks if you have been drinking, and you admit to one beer (actually 3). The officer looks at your Arizona driver’s license and then asks you step out of the vehicle to do some field sobriety tests. You are confidant that you will pass the tests, but the officer informs you that he is taking you in for suspicion of driving under the influence. At the jail your breathalyzer results put you over the legal limit. You are charged with DUI. You have to go court, hire an attorney and enter a plea.
California now notifies Arizona that your license has been suspended and Arizona honors the suspension under an interstate compact agreement. As part of your agreement with the court, you agree to complete a 3 month DUI class for first offenders in your home state. You arrive back home and begin to search for a 3 month DUI class, but no luck. You are unable to find the exact 3 month, 30 hour DUI class required by California.
You decided to call the court in California and ask for help. The court clerk then tells you “why don’t you take the DUI class online?”
You wonder why the court or attorney mention that to begin with? Then, politely and happily you ask the clerk for the contact information. The clerk tells you that they use a provider of online DUI classes for out of state residents. After you find the center online, you enroll, complete the class and request a copy of your certificate of completion to send the court.
A few days later, you learn that your license has been reinstated in your home state. This example illustrates how a growing number of overloaded and understaffed courts are embracing web technology to solve the problems of offenders who live hundreds or even thousands of miles away from the court.