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Court dockets are frequently backlogged with DWI cases and sentencing DWI offenders through jail time has not proven to deter the issue of drivers operating motor vehicles while intoxicated. The court system in Collin County, Texas, has turned to a DWI/Drug Court Program to promote community safety through an intensive program. If you have been arrested for a DWI in Collin County, this program may provide an alternative option to probation, jail time, or other penalties upon conviction.

First, the DWI court participants must be convicted. They are then placed under supervised probation under which they are required to:

  • Complete intensive treatment
  • Attend counseling
  • Submit to frequent supervision
  • Submit to random alcohol and drug testing
  • Make court appearances

The benefits of the DWI/Drug Court Program include:

  • Holding offenders responsible for their actions
  • Enforcing developmental skills for sobriety
  • Teaching the offenders to abide by the law
  • Changing the behavior of offenders who have put the community at risk through driving while intoxicated

Those who participate in the program may avoid penalties and expenses such as:

  • Probated fines
  • Jail sentences
  • Community service requirements
  • Reduced deep lung device (DLD) rates for your vehicle
  • Occupational driver’s license is provided
  • Court filing fees

The DWI/Drug Court Program may also benefit people other than the offender by:

  • Promoting community safety
  • Reducing drug and alcohol usage
  • Reducing family violence
  • Deterring repeat offenses

Program Participant Eligibility Criteria

In order to qualify as a participant in the DWI/Drug Court Program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a resident of Collin County
  • Must undergo substance abuse evaluation prior to acceptance into the program

You must also have been convicted of:

  • 2nd DWI offense (misdemeanor)
  • 1st DWI offense with a high BAC
  • 1st DWI offense with a resulting accident
  • 1st DWI offense with drugs

If you do not meet the conviction criteria for acceptance, the court may consider exceptions.

Program Participant Disqualification Criteria

The following criteria will disqualify you from the program if:

  • The offense date occurred after more than 6 months
  • You are an out of county resident (exceptions may be considered)
  • You have a debilitating mental illness or other health issue
  • You have prior felony sex offenses
  • You are a current or prior violent offender
  • You are a homeland security risk
  • You have pending felony charges
  • You have outstanding warrants in other jurisdictions

How to Challenge your Collin County DWI

A DWI is a serious offense that may jeopardize your ability to get a new job, create financial difficulties, cause inconvenience for yourself and your family. It is important that you seek a strong criminal defense attorney to assist you in challenging your DWI charge. When working with the trial lawyers at the Wilder Firm, you will be provided with highly experienced attorneys that are familiar with the Collin County DWI process, which provides the attractive alternative of acceptance into the DWI/Drug Court Program. Contact the Wilder Firm today for your free consultation.

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