DWI Education Program – DWI Lawyers In Fort Worth

Court Approved DWI Education Programs

DWI/DUI Education Courses and Victim Impact Panels

What is DWI Education Program?

When you meet with your lawyer for the first time after being charged with Driving While Intoxicated or similar offenses (DWI 2nd, Felony DWI, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Intoxication Assault, etc.) they will discuss things you can proactively do to help your case even before you step foot in a courtroom. One of those proactive things is attending a DWI Education Class. Attending a DWI class through a Texas DWI education program before your court hearing is in no way an admission of guilt, but merely an acknowledgment back of the situation you’ve been placed in, and can help you by showing the prosecutor in charge of your case that you’re ready to do what it takes to put it all behind you. If your case qualifies for the Tarrant County Misdemeanor DWI Court Program, you will be required to complete several therapeutic rehabilitative activities and courses. Even if you don’t complete one of these classes pre-conviction, you will be ordered by the court to sign up for one of these courses within five days of your conviction for DWI. Completing a DWI Education Class is mandatory according to Texas Code of Criminal Procedure 42A.403, and must be completed within the first 180 days of community supervision. These 12-hour classes are held regularly throughout the DFW area and are designed to equip drivers with tools and information to reduce the probability of further DWI behavior.

Texas Code of Criminal Procedure 42A.403

(a) A judge who places on community supervision a defendant convicted of an offense under Sections 49.04-49.08, Penal Code [Driving While Intoxicated; Driving While Intoxicated with Child Passenger; Flying While Intoxicated; Boating While Intoxicated; Assembling or Operating an Amusement Ride While Intoxicated; Intoxication Assault; Intoxication Manslaughter], shall require as a condition of community supervision that the defendant attend and successfully complete, before the 181st day after the date community supervision is granted, an educational program designed to rehabilitate persons who have driven while intoxicated that is jointly approved by:

(1) the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation;
(2) the Department of Public Safety;
(3) the traffic safety section of the traffic operations division of the Texas Department of Transportation; and
(4) the community justice assistance division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Where can I take a DWI Education Class in Tarrant County?

  • Center for Therapeutic Change, Inc., CTC.Arlington@CTCDFW.Com, (817) 548-9990
    • Arlington (evening classes only): 1101 W. Randol Mill Rd., Arlington, TX 76012
    • East Fort Worth (morning and evening classes): 6320 Brentwood Stair Road, Fort Worth, TX 76112
    • 2019 Class schedule
  • Dallas Symposium, Call for class times and to register: (972) 732-1917
    • North Fort Worth: 3751 Tanacross, Fort Worth, TX 76137
    • West Fort Worth: 6400 Overton Ridge Blvd. (I-20 @ Bryant Irvin), Fort Worth, TX 76132
    • Bedford: 1800 Airport Freeway (Hwy 183 @ Forest Ridge), Bedford, TX 76022
    • Grapevine: 250 E. Hwy 114 (@ Main Street), Grapevine, TX 76051
  • North Texas Addiction Counseling
    • Northwest Fort Worth: 3539 NW Jim Wright Freeway., Lake Worth, TX 76106. (682) 215-5547 or (682) 224-1441
    • Arlington: 124 W. Pioneer Pkwy, Ste. 120, Arlington, TX 76010. (817) 795-8278
  • Opportunities Counseling Center, (817) 360-2983, Spanish available
    • 601 University Dr., Ste. 105, Fort Worth, TX 76107
  • Substance Abuse Guidance & Education (SAGE), (817) 238-9911
    • 8401 Jacksboro Hwy, Lakeside Plaza Ste. 306, Lakeside, TX 76135
    • 3980 Boat Club Road, Ste. 207, Lake Worth, TX 76135
  • Tania M. Lewis, (817) 528-6710
    • 4200 South Freeway, #600, Fort Worth, TX 76115
  • The Center for Psychological Services, (817) 533-0825
    • 6043 West Interstate 20, Arlington, TX 76017
  • On the Road Again, (214) 247-7720Spanish Available
  • Addictive Behavior Counseling, (817) 228-6261
    • 5527 W. Rosedale, Fort Worth, TX 76107
  • A.L. Turner Academic Intervention, (817) 773-4132
  • Recovery Resource Council, (817) 332-6329, Spanish available

Where can I take a DWI Education Class in Dallas, Collin, Denton or Parker Counties?

DWI Education Classes Information Updated: June 2019

DWI Victim Impact Panel (VIP)

Victim Impact Panels are designed and organized by the national organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). In addition to traditional criminal sanctions (jail time, fines, education courses), a person convicted of Driving While Intoxicated or other forms of distracted driving might be required to attend an in-person Victim Impact Panel (VIP). During one of these panels you might hear from victims or family members of drunk or drugged driving, first responders or substance abuse/treatment representatives. If you are required to attend a DWI/DUI Victim Impact Panel presentation you should pre-register and pre-pay online, bring a photo ID and attend the meeting in person, arriving 30 minutes early. If you wish you want to pay when you arrive at the VIP you will need a money order – payable to MADD. To improve the chance of a favorable outcome, attending and completing alcohol awareness classes are critical.

Below is a list of local DWI VIP meetings. Click the blue title to be taken to the registration page. For a list of state- and nation-wide meetings, please click HERE to visit MADD VIP.

DWI VIP Meeting Locations Updated: June 2019

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