Bexar County DWI Court

Our Mission

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?

  • 17 years of age or older
  • Diagnosis of alcohol dependence
  • High risk/high need offender
  • On probation for a DWI subsequent offense
  • Resident of or employed in Bexar County

Who Is Not Eligible?

  • Current or pending felony charge
  • Current or pending violent offense
  • Out of county residence
  • Participating in another problem solving court

DWI Court Versus Regular Probation

DWI Court

  • 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
  • Assistance with needs such as housing, education, employment, etc.
  • Violations of program orders are discussed by the team and handled by the judge on an individual basis
  • Low program fee which takes the place of fines, court costs, and probation fees
  • Incentives available as participant progresses
  • Judge meets with the participant during a specialized docket that is held every other week and knows the unique circumstances of every participant

Regular Probation

  • Probation officers without specialized training and caseloads of upwards of 150 defendants, no case manager available
  • Ancillary needs are not considered or addressed
  • The majority of violations of probation result in a motion to revoke and an arrest
  • Defendants normally pay a high fine, all court costs and a monthly supervisory fee to probation
  • No recognition or incentives for progress
  • Judge only sees a defendant if a motion to revoke probation has been filed

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