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DWI court is an alternative for many defendants with alcohol addiction

On Behalf of | Criminal Defense |

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges in Texas can cause a host of challenges for the accused. A conviction might cost them their driving privileges and could lead to incarceration. Judges can impose large fines or order probation.

Additionally, people have to consider the impact of having a criminal conviction on their record. Every employer and prospective landlord could quickly discover that someone has a history of impairment at the wheel. If there are multiple viable candidates for a housing unit, job or promotion, that prior criminal incident could be the deciding factor for obtaining that opportunity.

Many people plead guilty to DWI charges and leave themselves at the mercy of the courts, but there are other options. Those facing DWI charges in some cases may qualify to request adjudication in the Texas DWI courts.

What are the DWI courts?

The DWI courts are a form of alternative specialty court that focus on rehabilitation and treatment instead of punishment. The goal is to help people address substance abuse issues that lead to criminal activity.

Many counties in Texas, including Denton County and Collin County, offer DWI court as an alternative to standard criminal trials.  Those who qualify for DWI court proceedings do not have to defend against their pending criminal charges. Instead, they submit themselves to court oversight much like probation.

They also have to agree to randomized drug and alcohol testing throughout the court process. Therapy and even inpatient rehabilitation may be necessary as part of DWI court proceedings. The entire process usually takes between a year and 18 months to successfully complete.

Who qualifies for DWI court?

Someone who has an established history of alcohol abuse and Criminal infractions could potentially qualify for DWI court in Texas. Typically, someone must have at least one prior DWI conviction to qualify. The defendant also needs pre-existing proof of an alcohol dependence issue or must demonstrate an alcohol addiction during an evaluation.

If someone successfully completes DWI court, they won’t face criminal penalties for their charges or have a criminal record for their most recent DWI infraction. Understanding the different options available when accused of impaired driving may benefit Texas motorists.