A third new DWI bill proposed by Representative Guillen deals with the DWI surcharge for those convicted of DWI, but completed the DWI/Drug Court program. I have spoken about the DWI/Drug Court program in the past. In Collin County, the only DWI /Drug Court is in Judge Ray Wheless’ County Court #4.
This bill would allow the surcharge to be reduced by up to 80%. Right now, anyone convicted of DWI 1st must pay 3,000 to the state over three years. If you are convicted of DWI 2nd, it is 4,500 over 3 years, and if you blow over .16, it is $6,000 over three years.
I think this bill is a great idea, because it gives some incentives for someone to really turn their lives around. The Drug court is usually reserved for those on DWI 2nd, so it is an important time in those offenders’ lives.