BEXAR COUNTY DWI COURT
The Mission of the Bexar County DWI Court is to increase public safety and offender accountability through therapeutic judicial management, collaborative treatment, education and supervision. The goal of the Court is to promote more responsible and productive members of the community, thereby decreasing recidivism and reducing costs.
|Who IS eligible?||Who is NOT eligible?
- 17 years of age or older
- On Probation for a DWI Subsequent Offense
- Diagnosis of Alcohol Dependence
- Resident of or employed in Bexar County
- High risk/High need offender
- Current or Pending Violent Offense
- Current or Pending Felony Charge
- Out of County Residence
- Participating in another problem solving court
What does the DWI Court have to offer versus regular probation?
|DWI Court||Regular Probation
|Utilizes the “team” approach to treatment and supervision by using specially trained team members, including Probation Officers with small caseloads and Case Managers who meet regularly with participants
||Probation officers without specialized training and caseloads of upwards of 150 Defendants; No Case Manager available
|Assistance with needs such as housing, education, employment, etc.
||Ancillary needs are not considered or addressed
|Violations of program orders are discussed by the team and handled by the Judge on an individual basis
||The majority of violations of probation result in a Motion to Revoke and an arrest
|Low program fee which takes the place of fines, court costs, and probation fees
||Defendants normally pay a high fine, all court costs and a monthly supervisory fee to probation
|Incentives available as participant progresses
||No recognition or incentives for progress
|Judge meets with the participant during a specialized docket that is held every other week and knows the unique circumstances of every participant
||Judge only sees a Defendant if a motion to revoke probation has been filed