"My consequences that I've had to deal with because of this have been just terrible. I was arrested that night, I've had to deal with fines, DUI classes, probation," said a Shasta County DUI offender.
Now, he's serving as an example for others who might think of taking the risk of drinking and driving.
In a real-life trial held in Foothill High School's gymnasium, students watched as his sentence was handed down.
"He was sentenced to three years of informal probation. There was credit for time served, there's fines that are associated with it," said Melissa Fanoe, a Shasta County deputy public defender.
The defendant got off without jail time, but the students will hopefully walk away with a lifelong lesson.
"Take home lesson is that if I'm ever in the event that I'm around people that are intoxicated, maybe either help driving home or definitely ask for help if I need it," said junior Travis Gray.
No one was hurt in that incident, but Cathy Grindstaff wasn't so lucky.
Her son Dustin was killed in a drunk driving accident when he was 15-years-old.
"We miss him everyday. And all it was was a choice that driver made," Grindstaff said.