DWI Education Programs

Following a DWI conviction, offenders are often ordered to attend and complete alcohol and/or substance abuse educational programs. The Texas Code of Criminal Procedure requires first time DWI offenders to attend DWI Education Programs administered by the Texas Department of State Health Services within 180 days from the offender being put on probation. If the offender fails to timely complete the program, his or her driver’s license will be revoked and will be held until the program is completed. Such classes may also be taken prior to trial if the offender wishes to do so.

Purpose of Education Programs

The purpose of such DWI education programs is to raise awareness to offenders on alcohol, drugs, and their relationship to driving skills. These programs also allow offenders to acknowledge and reform their own drinking and drug use patterns and, as a result, develop a plan to avoid future DWI offenses. Topics of such programs vary by state but may include:

  • Alcohol and traffic safety issues
  • Specific state statutes involving DWIs
  • How alcohol and drug use impacts the human body
  • How to identify substance addiction or chemical dependency
  • Costs and penalties of DWIs
  • Alternatives to driving while intoxicated
  • Decision making exercises
  • Additional sources of assistance

Approved Education Programs

DWI education programs must be approved and certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services in order for the offender to meet the requirements of the probationary period and avoid driver’s license suspension. Offenders are required to:

  • Register for an approved DWI education program
  • Pay any registration fees
  • Attend all sessions
  • Arrive at each session on time and be present the entire time
  • Refrain from the use of any electronic devices, if required by the program
  • Abide by any other rules of the program

Failure to follow any of these requirements will result in license suspension and potential additional penalties.

Finding a DWI Education Program

Offenders must register for the course on their own, but may consult with any of the following sources to find a program:

  • Legal counsel
  • Probation officer
  • Law enforcement
  • Texas Health officials
  • Texas Department of State Health Services database
  • General Internet search engines

DWI education programs are offered throughout the state of Texas so it is likely that an offender will be able to find a program that is most convenient for commuting and for their daily schedule.

Completing the DWI Education Program

Upon completion of a DWI education program, an offender will be presented with a Texas state-issued numbered certificate. This certificate serves as proof of completion and will have to be provided to the designated probation officer who will confirm the completion of the program.

Have You Been Charged With a DWI?

If you have been charged with a DWI for the first time in Texas, you are required by law to complete a certified DWI education program upon conviction. Completing such a program before any trial proceedings may be beneficial for an offender, as by doing so demonstrates an increased awareness of the illegality of the DWI-related conduct. It may also prevent an offender’s driver’s license from being suspended. If you have been charged with a DWI and are considering completing a DWI education course, it is important that you seek legal guidance to ensure that you are selecting an appropriate program and to further assist you in challenging your DWI. Contact the Wilder DWI Defense Firm today to discuss your legal situation with a team of highly experienced DWI trial attorneys and schedule your free consultation.