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DWI Bond Schematic Program

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DWI BOND SCHEMATIC PROGRAM

The TJCTC DWI Bond Schematic Program, a component of a statewide plan to reduce the incidence of DWI offenses across Texas, assists individual Texas counties in adopting a comprehensive plan for setting DWI bond conditions.  TJCTC views this program as an important step towards reducing the number of DWI drivers on Texas roadways, thereby improving the safety of individual communities and the state as a whole.
 

TJCTC will work with all criminal magistrates, local prosecutors, and potential monitoring agencies in each county that elects to participate in the program in order to create forms specific to that county.  These forms may be based on TJCTC’s Universal DWI Bond Schematic or forms that a county currently uses as part of the magistration process, but will be modified to meet the bond conditions agreed upon by county officials.  The bond conditions selected by each individual county will be included in a spreadsheet containing data from all participating counties and maintained by TJCTC.  Additionally, each participating county will submit a Brief Form once a year to update TJCTC on the success of the program.


We feel this program is important because bond conditions are the only restrictions—other than potential administrative driver’s license suspension—imposed on the defendant prior to trial.  The pre-trial time period can be lengthy.  For example, it can take crime labs up to six months to analyze blood evidence in DWI cases, and prosecutors with limited resources may not be able to file the case in a timely manner.  Scientific studies have shown that restrictions imposed on DWI defendants, particularly ignition interlock requirements, have a substantial positive effect on reducing DWI recidivism and promoting community safety.

 

If your county is interested in participating in the DWI Bond Schematic Program, please fill out the Program Enrollment Form. You may contact the Program Attorney, Rob Daniel, by using the link at the left of the page or calling 512-347-9927.