DUI Programs & FAQ

Pyramid Alternatives DUI programs comply with local court, state system and DMV mandates. Services include individual and group counseling and education.

Our programs include:


Wet Reckless/Education Program

Cost: $281
Length: 6 weeks
Frequency: This program meets weekly and is offered in multiple locations.


First Offender Program:

There are three different levels of First Offender Programs offered:

Program Length Frequency Cost
3 month
First Offender
15 weeks Weekly $TBA
6 month
First Offender
30 weeks Bi-weekly* $TBA
9 month
First Offender
44 weeks Bi-weekly* $TBA

*Bi-weekly programs also require the attendance of the 6 week education component as part of the program. These programs are offered in multiple locations, day and evening.


Multiple Offender Program:

There are two different levels of Multiple Offender Programs offered:

Program Length Frequency Cost
12 month
Multiple Offender
12 mths Bi-weekly* $TBA
18 month
Multiple Offender
18 mths Bi-weekly* $TBA

*Multiple Offender programs also require the attendance of the 6 week education component as part of the program. These programs are offered in multiple locations, day and evening.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

QUESTIONS

Where are your programs offered?
How do I enroll?
What do I need in order to enroll?
Do I have to enroll with my court papers?
What if I was originally referred elsewhere?
Can I pay later and not at enroll?
Can I enroll before I go to court?
Do you send my enrollment/completion papers to court?
What time are groups?
Do I go to the same group every time?
Can I miss group because of my work schedule?
What do I do if I move out of the area?
Can you do the program faster?
How do I pay?
What happens if I can’t pay?
When do I get my restricted license? What about insurance? Do I need an interlock device?
What if I have more questions?


ANSWERS
Where are your programs offered?
Programs may be offered in the following locations: Pacifica, South San Francisco, San Bruno, and Half Moon Bay.
How do I enroll?
In order to enroll, you will need an initial enrollment appointment. To schedule an appointment call Pyramid Alternatives at 650.355.8787.What do I need in order to enroll?
At your enrollment appointment you will need to bring $75 and a copy of your current court/DMV paperwork referring you to the program. If you are re-enrolling you must pay a re-enrollment fee plus any past due amount for services already received. You also must have current court/DMV referral paperwork.Do I have to enroll with my court papers?
Yes. You may not enroll if you don’t have an active court referral. Be sure to check your enrollment date on your court referral. If no date is listed most counties require you to enroll within 21 days of your court referral. If you are enrolling for DMV only and court is no longer involved you will need a printout of your DMV record (H6) less than 30 days old.

What if I was originally referred elsewhere?
You must contact both the court and the agency you were originally referred to in order to inform them of your enrollment at Pyramid Alternatives and to avoid a warrant for failure to enroll at original agency. If it is outside of San Mateo County, you may need approval from the court or a re-referral to Pyramid Alternatives.

Can I pay later and not at enroll?
No. For first time enrollments $75 will be due at intake or you will not be able to enroll. If you are re-enrolling, you must pay a re-enrollment fee plus any past due amount for services already received. At intake, a monthly payment plan is established for the remaining balance of your program.

Can I enroll before I go to court?
First offenders MAY be eligible to enroll prior to court sentencing. You will need a copy of your original citation and/or your Admin Per Se Temporary License.
Multiple offenders should contact the Program Director to determine eligibility.

Do you send my enrollment/completion papers to court?
It is 100% your responsibility to ensure that both enrollment and completion paperwork are filed with the courts by the court mandated dates to avoid a warrant for your arrest. As a courtesy, Pyramid Alternatives will mail a copy to the courts but does not guarantee that the court receives and/or processes those papers.

What time are groups?
Groups are offered during the day and evening hours.

Do I go to the same group every time?
Yes. For consistency you will attend the same group each time. If you need to change groups, you may do so, but you may not switch back and forth between groups repeatedly.

Can I miss group because of my work schedule?
Most programs allow for a certain number of absences. An absence fee is required for each absence. In order to avoid being charged for an absence, you must make arrangements with your counselor at least 2 weeks prior to a missed meeting.

What do I do if I move out of the area?
Before moving out of the area, you should check with court to see that this is possible within your conditions of probation and that a program is offered in that area. Talk to your counselor if probation approves your move out of the area and you wish to transfer to another program. California DMV will not accept a program out of the state of California. If you plan to move out of state you must consult with DMV in each state involved.

Can you do the program faster?
No. Each Program has a minimum time requirement and can not be completed sooner as it won’t be accepted by the courts or DMV.

How do I pay?
We accept cash, check, money order and Visa or Mastercard.
Following your initial enrollment, you will be set up with a payment plan. You will then pay your counselor directly when you attend your meetings.

What happens if I can’t pay?
If you are unable to pay, discuss options with your counselor. Failure to pay MAY result in suspension of program attendance or termination from the program.

When do I get my restricted license? What about insurance? Do I need an interlock device?
Each case is vastly different, consult with DMV. In general, First offenders may be eligible to apply for a restricted license upon proof of enrollment in a program. Multiple offenders typically have a longer period of hard suspension and should consult with DMV regarding eligibility for a restricted license.
For more information, follow this link to the DMV website and search key words related to your question (i.e., restricted license, interlock device, SR-22, etc…)http://www.dmv.ca.gov


What if I have more questions?
Contact Pyramid Alternatives at 650.355.8787 for more information.


Counseling is fun to be in, it helps a lot with school and problems.
— Student, School Program