In Texas, 16% of all adults have a problem with alcohol.
In 2012, 13% of all Texans who enrolled in substance abuse treatment programs were there for alcoholism.
In 2013, more than 70,000 Texans were arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) due to having a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher.
Many of these arrests were no doubt repeat offenders, who have cycled in and out of jail, receiving only punishment for their crime, not the help they need to break the cycle of addiction.
The Allen DWI attorneys at Rosenthal & Wadas, PLLC understand that for many people charged with DWI, jail time isn’t the answer – treatment is. That is why, whenever possible, we will seek to have your case accepted in DWI/drug court.
The DWI/drug court in Collin County targets drunk drivers who are at high risk of reoffending due unless they receive serious treatment and are held accountable for their crimes. In order to be admitted, applicants must:
- Be a Collin County resident
- Undergo substance abuse evaluations prior to acceptance
- Be willing to participate in an intensive supervision and treatment program
- Be charged with certain DWI and drug offenses
Admission into the DWI/drug court requires a conviction, either at trial or through a guilty plea, but in lieu of jail time participants are placed on supervised probation, receive no community service and are granted an occupational license – which allows them to drive up to 12 hours per day – with no filing fee.
Program participants must agree to adhere to the following:
- Undergo intensive treatment and counseling
- Submit to frequent supervision and random alcohol and/or drug testing
- Frequently appear in court to report on the status of their treatment
- Be closely monitored for program compliance
By requiring a conviction, the program succeeds in holding offenders accountable for their behavior, while at the same time addressing the root cause of their crime – their alcohol addiction – and teaching skills for staying sober, which will ultimately save lives.
Allen DWI Attorneys: Creating Solutions for Repeat Offenders
If you arrested and charged with a DWI, call the Allen DWI attorneys at Rosenthal & Wadas immediately. In certain cases, our experienced attorneys may be able to have your case accepted into the DWI/drug court, which offers probation and intensive drug and alcohol treatment in lieu of jail time. Contact our Allen office today at 877.538.8640 and schedule your free consultation to discuss whether you are eligible for participation in the Collin County DWI/drug court.