DWI Court: What You Need To Know

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Driving while intoxicated, also known as DWI, is a serious problem for many communities. In response to this issue, some jurisdictions have instituted special programs called DWI courts. These special courts are intended to focus solely on the issue of driving while intoxicated and to minimize the problem as much as possible, while providing offenders an alternative to incarceration. Here is a look at this intriguing alternative to traditional ways of dealing with the DWI issue. 


The focus of DWI is on hardcore offenders. This generally means that the people who enter into the program are repeat offenders or those who have driven with very high amounts of alcohol in their system. 

Anyone who wishes to enter into the program must be approved by the DWI court judge. The eligibility requirements for acceptance into a program can vary, depending on the policies of the specific court. Generally, you must plead guilty to the DWI offense with which you were charged. Also, you must typically acknowledge that you have a substance abuse problem and wish to resolve it. If you have a criminal history involving violence or serious felonies, this could be a reason to deny your admittance to the program. 

How it Works 

If you are admitted into the DWI court, you will be assessed by a professional clinician and a treatment program will be recommended. This will involve an alcohol abuse program that is intended to resolve your drinking problem. You will also be subjected to regular testing to make certain that you are not continuing to abuse alcohol or any other addictive substance. If you have any employment or educational needs, job training or GED preparation could be included in your treatment. 

Another important part of the process is weekly meetings with a case manager. The case manager will oversee all aspects of your involvement with DWI court and help ensure that you are adhering to all of your commitments. Regular appearance in court before the judge are required as well. 

Completing the Program 

To complete the DWI court program, which usually last for at least 12 months, you need to follow all of the requirements. If you fail to do so, for instance, if you miss an excessive number of substance abuse tests or court appearances, the judge can terminate you from the program and have you sent to jail.  

For more information about DWI courts, contact an a local DWI lawyer such as David A. Mansfield


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