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Virtual Impaired Driver Symposium

This program was held on August 3rd and 4th and was co-sponsored by the Texas Justice Court Training Center, Texas Center for the Judiciary, Texas Association of Counties, and Texas Municipal Courts Education Center. 

Our programs are funded through generous grants from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the Texas Department of Transportation. 


Were you not able to attend? 
Check out the recordings of sessions below. 

This virtual conference was for judges at all jurisdictions. Some of the recordings below will be more applicable to certain types of judges. However, they are all useful to see the big picture of how courts at every level can combat impaired driving.

Can I receive credit for watching the recordings? 
If you are a justice of the peace, yes. Please fill out a certification form for each recording that you watch. 

If you are not a justice of the peace, please contact your educational agency for more information. 

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  • Case Law Update

    Judge Laura Weiser reviewed recent significant changes in case law related to impaired driving cases. 

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    For justices of the peace, this webinar qualifies for 1 hour of judicial education credit, including 0 civil hours.  

  • Setting Bail and Bond during the Age of Coronavirus

    The American legal system places a person’s right to bail in a position of high importance, as defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. This presumption of innocence, although not articulated in the Constitution, is considered by the U.S. Supreme Court to be a basic component of a fair trial and its enforcement lies at the foundation of the administration of criminal law. In Texas, the bail process tracks the federal ideals supporting a general right to pretrial release and a prohibition against excessive bail and has been tailored and codified in the Code of Criminal Procedure. In this session, the interesting, but complicated, process of release on bail in Texas will be explored. A special emphasis will be placed on the bail and bonds landscape in light of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

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    For justices of the peace, this webinar qualifies for .5 hours of judicial education credit, including 0 civil hours.  

  • Screening and Assessments for Impaired Driving

    The screening and assessment of DWI offenders is imperative to determine individual risk level and treatment needs. This session discussed different assessment tools and showed how they can be used to reduce DWI recidivism, improve outcomes, and save lives. 

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    For justices of the peace, this webinar qualifies for 1 hour of judicial education credit, including 0 civil hours.  

  • DWI Sentencing Options: Pre-Trial Diversion and Deferred Adjudication

    There are more impaired driving fatalities in Texas than in any other state. Many state courts and the Texas Legislature, recognizing that traditional incarceration and fines may not always serve as a powerful deterrent for future impaired driving, have implemented various pre-trial diversion options for DWI. Furthermore, in 2019, the Texas Legislature enabled deferred adjudication for some first-time DWI offenders through H.B. 3582. This course will explore these options and highlight the impact they have on traffic safety, public policy, and the changing landscape of procedural law in Texas.

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    For justices of the peace, this webinar qualifies for 1 hour of judicial education credit, including 0 civil hours.  

  • Serving the Community During COVID-19

    Outreach and education are important components to help stop impaired driving in Texas, but how can you connect with the community during coronavirus? Judge Matthew Wright from Rosebud Municipal Court discussed outreach in the age of coronavirus. 

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    For justices of the peace, this webinar qualifies for .5 hours of judicial education credit, including .5 civil hours. 

  • Two courses were held at the Virtual Impaired Driving Symposium that engaged learners through breakout rooms. Due to the interactivity involved in the presentation, recordings were not possible. However, you can still access the handouts below. 

    Identifying Problems and Solutions in Impaired Driving

    In this class, attendees participated in small group discussions and shared the problems they face and the solutions they have identified in their counties related to impaired driving topics. 

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    Facilitated Scenarios

    This interactive session used scenarios that arise in impaired driving cases to allow judges to discuss best practices and procedures in small groups and with all participants of the conference.

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